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I think it's safe to say that most of us at Cool Hunting love photos that are strange, mysterious and playful. Here's a list of five of the photographers we've featured in 2007 that embody some of the things that we love in a great picture.

Pieter Hugo
Pieter Hugo travelled throughout Nigeria photographing of a troupe of animal charmers and their collection of hyenas, monkeys and snakes. The series is mystical and exotic, like moments pulled from science fiction.

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Taryn Simon
Taryn Simon opens up America's cabinet of curiosities by documenting off-limit zones like quarantine sites, nuclear waste facilities, death rows and C.I.A. offices.

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Lori Nix
Lori Nix photographs her own highly-detailed dioramas that can be playful on the surface, but always have an edge that is sinister and dark.

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Lisa Kereszi
A perennial Cool Hunting favorite, Lisa Kereszi uses her keen eye to transform everyday spaces into images that are lush, raw and fantastic.

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Thomas Allen
Thomas Allen turn pulp fiction novels into pop-up books. The results are delightfully kooky and melodramatic.

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