Gem Fletcher is a writer and art director. She writes for a range of titles and is host of the photography podcast The Messy Truth. She writes the Exposure column for CR, where she examines the world of photography

Adali Schell New Paris

Exposure: Adali Schell

At only 23, the LA-based photographer has already been producing imagery for half his life, using photos to document and digest his surroundings

Sophia Wilson Tumblers

Exposure: Sophia Wilson

From her beginnings as a lonely teen to appearing on reality TV and being celebrated by Forbes, the New York-based photographer is carving her own path through the industry

Lou Bever Flat 92

Exposure: Lou Bever

Combining his love of fine art and football, the success of Lou Bever’s Flat 92 project has led to a career in photography, and commercial projects for brands including Puma and Uniqlo

Exposure: Rosie Marks

Gem Fletcher talks to the photographer about her practice, which explores themes of extreme beauty culture and its growing influence on everyday life

Exposure: Ashley Markle

Gem Fletcher talks to the photographer about her process, in which she works with family members to examine their complex relationships, challenging all participants to face up to uncomfortable truths

Sara Messinger

Exposure: Sara Messinger

US photographer Sara Messinger talks about the power of teenagers to Gem Fletcher, plus explains how switching from soccer to photography changed her approach to life

Exposure: Simrah Farrukh

The photographer discusses the wide-ranging nature of her work, including the early influence of YouTube as well as complex issues of patriarchy, family and history

Exposure: András Ladocsi

In András Ladocsi’s photographs, water acts as a connecting force to his past as well as an enduring theme in his present work, where he explores ideas of friendship, community, and freedom

Erinn Springer

Exposure: Erinn Springer

After years in New York, Erinn Springer’s return to her Midwest roots sparked a new and highly productive phase in her photography. Here, Gem Fletcher talks to her about her process

Thea Traff

Exposure: Thea Traff

Formerly a picture editor for the likes of the New Yorker and Time, Thea Traff now channels her knowledge into making her own distinctive images

Exposure: Yael Malka

Identity and community are at the heart of Yael Malka’s photography work, which explores life in New York via both personal and editorial projects

Exposure: Owen McCarter

In his series Three Eyed Fish, the US photographer examines the impact of industrial waste on his hometown via imagery that is unexpected and at times radical

Testo Diary Jesse Glazzard

Exposure: Jesse Glazzard

Photographer Jesse Glazzard has created a large body of commercial and editorial work, as well as his ongoing personal project Testo Diary, where he explores his experiences and relationships as a trans man

Exposure: Kirt Barnett

Mixing the fantastical and chaotic with the everyday, Los Angeles-based photographer Kirt Barnett presents unexpected visions. Gem Fletcher speaks to her about her work

Exposure: Sasha Arutyunova

Following an upbringing split between Russia and the US, Sasha Arutyunova uses photography to help create connection and intimacy. Gem Fletcher speaks to her about her practice

Baz Luhrmann Oscars

Exposure: Sinna Nasseri

Whether he’s photographing a political rally, a plastic surgeon at work or a celebrity, Sinna Nasseri’s images are close up and intimate. Gem Fletcher profiles his work

Ruth Negga, for Mastermind

Exposure: Tess Ayano

Japanese-American photographer Tess Ayano aims to make images to record what she feels rather than what she sees. We talk to her about her work, which crosses fashion, editorial and documentary

Heather Sten Photography

Exposure: Heather Sten

New York-based photographer Heather Sten’s work draws on nature and empathy, whether she is photographing cultural icons, advertising campaigns, or her own family

Exposure: Myriam Boulos

The Lebanon-based photographer offers an intimate portrait of recent events in Beirut, taking in protests, trauma, as well as sexual fantasies

Exposure: Diego Moreno

Photographer Diego Moreno subverts traditional family albums to explore his painful upbringing, in turn creating a set of striking and unsettling images

Exposure: Steph Wilson

Steph Wilson’s photography uses humour and wit to explore our relationship with our bodies. Gem Fletcher talks to her about her work

From Horror Caviar cookbook, published by A24

Exposure: Justin J Wee

After getting his first commission for the New York Times in lockdown, photographer Justin J Wee has created a mix of editorial and commercial projects, including powerful documentary work addressing the impact of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US