Photographer: Ambroise Tezenas

Bloomberg Pursuits’ Best Photography of 2016

From a plate of food that's worth flying to France to eat to a hotel on a remote Canadian Island that's changing the way we think about hospitality, Pursuits photographers captured a lot of magic this year. Here are some of our favorite commissioned works and links to the stories they accompany.

  1. The Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, Canada
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    The Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, Canada

    "There are no signs leading to the Fogo Island Inn. That’s how hard it is to miss the place. Designed by architect Todd Saunders, who grew up in nearby Gander, the building takes its inspiration from the fishing shacks that dot the shoreline, sagging on old wooden stilts, but it was also made with the dimensions of a cruising vessel: three hundred feet long by 30 feet wide, like a ship that’s just sailed into harbor."

     

    From "This Is the Most Remote and Magical Hotel on Earth"

    Photographer: Richard Barnes for Bloomberg Pursuits

  2. Doutzen Kroes inside a Rockwell Group-designed suite at 75 Wall Street, New York
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    Doutzen Kroes inside a Rockwell Group-designed suite at 75 Wall Street, New York

    "This has marked something of a turning point in supermodel Doutzen Kroes's career. In September, Kroes introduced Knot On My Planet, a campaign to help save elephants from extinction. Enlisting the help of celebrity friends such as Leonardo DiCaprio, along with most—if not all—of the world’s top models, she helped the Elephant Crisis Fund, a group that puts 100 percent of donations toward stopping the illegal ivory trade, reach $10 million this year."

     

    From "The Supermodel on a Mission"

     

    Dress by the Row, earrings and bracelet by Eddie Borgo, rings by Aurate New York (left hand) and Sydney Evan, shoes by Alexandre Birman. Twig hurricane by Homenature, sofa by Ligne Roset.

    Photographer: Ruven Afanador for Bloomberg Pursuits; Stylist: Brian Coats

  3. A Lamborghini Huracán is driven in Monaco
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    A Lamborghini Huracán is driven in Monaco

    "Driving in the South of France, with all those curves and climbs, requires something with power, prestige, and a lot of attitude. So when I went for a spin around Monaco, the tiny, glittery city-state on the French Riviera, I chose to pilot a Lamborghini, the ideal car for navigating the area’s 31 miles of urban roads. Take your own tour in a Lamborghini Huracán (pictured above, $237,000), a coupe capable of 200 mph but tuned for both town and country. A toggle switch on the center console raises the car upward, the better to accommodate the uneven streets near the Mediterranean Sea."

     

    From "Drive a Lamborghini Huracán up the Coast of Monaco"

    Photographer: Ambroise Tézenas for Bloomberg Pursuits

  4. Merlot grapes harvested at Château Palmer
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    Merlot grapes harvested at Château Palmer

    "With four turreted towers and flags flying, Château Palmer looks like a small, perfect castle surrounded by a vineyard, proudly situated in the Margaux commune of Bordeaux. Right now its vines are heavy with bunches of purple merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot grapes. Harvest is here. 

    The grapes will go into a wine that is one of the top reds in the world: sensuous, with lush red fruit flavors and plenty of elegance. Classified a third growth in the famous 1855 classification that ranked Bordeaux châteaux from 1st to 5th “cru,” Palmer has punched above that level in the past decade in price and quality.

    That’s because of young, energetic winemaker and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Duroux, who arrived in 2004 after a stint in Italy at Ornellaia and Masseto. He’s shifted the vineyard to biodynamics, an über-organic farming method that few in Bordeaux follow. And a risky one at that. This year, despite threats of mildew and possibly botrytis, his team didn't spray the vines and got lucky."

     

    From "See Exactly How a Bordeaux Château Makes Its Top Wines"

     

     

    Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

  5. Star gazing at Kestrel Camp on the Montana Prairie
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    Star gazing at Kestrel Camp on the Montana Prairie

    "Founded as a nonprofit in 2001, the American Prairie Reserve has raised about $80 million, all from private donations. Some are from high-profile philanthropists such as Susan Packard Orr, daughter of the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, or the heirs to the Mars candy fortune. Smaller contributions have come in the public radio, $10-per-month range. That funding has been used to buy and lease some 307,000 acres to fill the gaps between existing federally protected areas, such as the Russell Refuge and Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Right now, the APR is a patchwork of parcels that don’t yet form a single park. Eventually the reserve will spare the plow on 3.5 million contiguous acres—an area the size of Connecticut that stretches east from the Missouri Breaks to Fort Peck Lake in central northeastern Montana."

     

    From "Your Next High-End Safari Destination: The Plains of Montana"

    Photographer: Kevin Kunstadt for Bloomberg Pursuits

  6. Fine dining in Mexico City
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    Fine dining in Mexico City

    "Chef Enrique Olvera says Público Comedor, a breakfast and lunch spot in the upscale Polanco neighborhood, 'tastes like home.' The space is a modern oasis, with exposed brick and air plants that dangle from a faraway ceiling. Beat the midday rush to get Olvera’s favorite dish: a peppery meatball stew (right) with tortillas and rice that’s 'served with so much roasted tomato and chipotle sauce, it’s almost like ordering soup,' he says. 'It’s how my mom made it.'" (Left, Roasted porcini mushrooms with huitlacoche purée at Máximo Bistrot.)

     

    From "The Five Best Restaurants in Mexico City"

    Photographer: Lindsay Lauckner Gundlock for Bloomberg Pursuits

  7. Meadowood Napa Valley Resort & Spa in St. Helena, Calif.
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    Meadowood Napa Valley Resort & Spa in St. Helena, Calif.

    "Check in to Las Alcobas, the first luxury hotel to open in the Napa area in almost a decade. Its 68 rooms (from $695) have private terraces with fireplaces and views of Beringer Vineyards. Grab lunch at the main restaurant, Acacia House, where San Francisco culinary darling Chris Cosentino makes a dynamite pork belly BLT."

     

    From "The New Way to Spend a Three-Day Weekend in Napa"

    Photographer: Jake Stangel for Bloomberg Pursuits

  8. A cool, delicious Mint Julep cocktail
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    A cool, delicious Mint Julep cocktail

    "The mint julep—one of William Faulkner’s favorite drinks and the first thing we see Clark Gable holding in Gone With the Wind–is as quintessentially Southern as buttermilk biscuits. But it’s also the granddaddy of summer cocktails, keeping drinkers cool in the heat since the late 18th century, when early-rising Virginia farmers took to downing them in the morning.

    Today, you can sip a mint julep from California to New Jersey and have it made with everything from mezcal to gin; but the classic bourbon-based version is the one that belongs on your home-bartending short list when temperatures start climbing toward triple digits."

     

    From "It's About Time You Learned to Make a Mint Julep"

    Photographer: Janelle Jones/Bloomberg: Food stylist: Liza Jernow

  9. Edgar Ramírez models the season’s best fashion
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    Edgar Ramírez models the season’s best fashion

    "On Oct. 7, Edgar Ramírez made his biggest leap to the big screen yet as a doctor implicated in the murder that's at the center of the thriller The Girl on the Train. Here, the 39-year-old Venezuelan actor turns back to noir Los Angeles in the six suits you need for fall—a flannel version in both light gray and dark, a revitalized pinstripe, the double-breasted suit, a relaxed sport coat, and classic plaid."

     

    From "The Six Suits You Need for Fall"

     

    On him: suit and folio (on arm) by Louis Vuitton, shirt by Calvin Klein, tie and silver tie bar by the Tie Bar, cuff links by Cartier, socks by Falke, shoes by Santoni.

    On her: skirt and blouse by Tory Burch.

    Photographer: Tom Schirmacher for Bloomberg Pursuits; Stylist: Brian Coats

  10. Breakfast served in the Pullman cabin of the Orient Express
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    Breakfast served in the Pullman cabin of the Orient Express

    "It doesn’t really hit me until the second day of our four-day journey to Singapore. My wife, Hilary, and I are rolling along in our jewel box of a room aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express—I’m sipping the best Thai iced tea I’ve ever had, and she’s sitting on a daybed, reading Half of a Yellow Sun. Behind her, the cherry and elm walls catch the late afternoon sun through our oversize windows. Outside, the limestone summits of the Tenasserim Hills, part of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, rise more than 1,000 feet above the Gulf of Thailand. They’re so sudden, so sheer, it’s like they jumped out of the shore.

    "'Look at those mountains,' I say. And then I realize these are the first words I’ve uttered in hours."

     

    From "I Traveled Back in Time on Southeast Asia’s Orient Express"

     

    Photographer: Jason Larkin for Bloomberg Pursuits

  11. Silverback Gorillas in the Heart of the Congo, Virunga National Park
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    Silverback Gorillas in the Heart of the Congo, Virunga National Park

    "Virunga National Park, in the eastern mountains of the Congo, is the oldest of its kind on the continent. Its 1.2 million acres are home to more than 700 types of birds and 220 species of mammals, the highest number of any protected area in Africa. The reclusive, endangered okapi giraffe lives in the northern section of the park, elephants occupy eastern areas, chimpanzees are in the south. And it’s one of the only places where the silverback still roams wild."

     

    From "Face-to-Face With the Largest, Rarest Primates on Earth"

    Photographer: Michael Christopher Brown for Bloomberg Pursuits

  12. The Bay of Naples
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    The Bay of Naples

    "Never lie to your tailor. Armed with a tape measure, he knows your body better than you do. He sees it with almost X-ray vision, noting with clinical accuracy that your left arm is an inch longer than your right, or that your right shoulder slopes a half-inch more than your left.

    I know this rule, but inside the 16th century palazzo that houses Rubinacci, the most renowned bespoke tailor in Naples, I’m standing as though it’s roll call in the army. And when the tape measure goes around my waist, I try to suppress the urge to inhale. As my tailor, Andrea, reads out the circumference, in centimeters, and in Italian, I wince, thinking of all the linguine alle vongole and spaghetti con ricci di mare I’d eaten at Da Dora, a beloved, delicious seafood restaurant a short walk away."

     

    From "Get Suited by the Best Bespoke Tailor on Earth"

    Photographer: Salva Lopez for Bloomberg Pursuits

  13. Winner of 'Best of Show' at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
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    Winner of 'Best of Show' at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

    "This year, a 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet won the Best of Show title. The long, black, open-top car had body work by Italian design powerhouse Pininfarina and was once owned by Eric Clapton. This is the first-ever Best of Show victory for any Lancia at the prestigious Pebble Beach show. The winning car is always selected for complete perfection of restoration and rarity, for superiority above other cars in its class, and for its significance as a model at the time of its production."

     

    From "The Most Beautiful Cars at the Palm Beach Concours d'Elegance"

     

     

    Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

  14. Artist Rashid Johnson in his New York Studio
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    Artist Rashid Johnson in his New York Studio

    "Most of Rashid Johnson’s art—from roomsize sculptures to semi-abstract paintings—addresses complex questions of race, history, and identity. For Fly Away, a sweeping exhibition at the New York gallery Hauser & Wirth, Johnson is trying something different. Something pretty."

     

    From "Why You Should Invest in Large-Scale Works by Artist Rashid Johnson"

     Jacket by Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh, shirt by Vince, pants by Saint Laurent, watch by Audemars Piguet.

    Photographer: Shawn Brackbill for Bloomberg Pursuits Styling: Moti Ankari; Grooming: Natasha Leibel/APTP

  15. The Double Burger with Cheese at Hard Times Sundaes
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    The Double Burger with Cheese at Hard Times Sundaes

    "'I've always had a passion for the old-school American burger,' says Will Horowitz, the chef behind Harry & Ida's. Andrew Zurica's truck and its exquisite burgers used to be something of a secret, parked in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. Now you can find them in UrbanSpace's midtown food hall, Vanderbilt Market. Horowitz goes for the double cheeseburger, calling it 'an unsung hero in a tragic world of overstuffed and overpriced burgers.'"

     

    From "The 11 Best Burgers in New York City"

    Photographer: Eric Medsker/Bloomberg

  16. Photographing Morning Fog at Prospect Park
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    Photographing Morning Fog at Prospect Park

    "As light changed, I adjusted the settings based off the internal light meter, which works stupendously. The camera handled beautifully in an array of settings—none of which, outside of darkness, proved to be of much difficulty for the autofocus drive."

     

    From "Hasselblad X1D Review: Hands-On With a $9,000 Medium-Format Camera"

     

    Photographer: Keith E. Morrison/Bloomberg

  17. Domenico DeMarco of Di Fara Pizza
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    Domenico DeMarco of Di Fara Pizza

    "The wait can be an hour or more. To say the place is no frills is generous. To say it’s out of the way is also an understatement. And yet—or because of this—the legend of Di Fara difarapizza.com pizza continues. The reason is not just the straight up New York pizza, topped with sweet tomato sauce, a salty mix of cheeses, and a drizzle of oil; it's the guy who makes them, Domenico DeMarco, who has been making this pie since the early ’60s. Andrew Carmellini approves. 'The pizza is good, no question. The platonic ideal of a NYC pie, but it’s the shrouded mystery surrounding Dom snipping the basil over the top that makes the destination. I go with the pepperoni pizza [$34].'"

     

    From "The Best Pizza in New York City, According to Top Chefs"

    Photographer: Zack DeZon/Bloomberg

  18. Gorgeous Views of Zanzibar, Africa
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    Gorgeous Views of Zanzibar, Africa

    "Zanzibar, the small collection of islands 23 miles off the coast of Tanzania, wears its influences well. At the center of the spice trade for centuries, the archipelago has been occupied by Swahili tribes, Indian settlers, and European colonialists, but none left as indelible a mark as the sultans from the Arabian Peninsula. Their lavish mansions, baths, and forts are centered primarily in Stone Town, the largest city on the island of Unguja and a Unesco World Heritage Site."

     

    From "Visit the Most Beautiful Spot in Africa"

    Photographer: Adrian Gaut for Bloomberg Pursuits

  19. Hot Pigeon Pie from Les Prés d’Eugénie
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    Hot Pigeon Pie from Les Prés d’Eugénie

    "Surrounded by a square mile of grapevines, Château de Bachen produces Armagnac, Tursan whites, and exquisite red vins de pays from mixes of merlot and cabernet franc, some of which are exported and sold to French restaurateurs, and some of which are found at Les Prés d’Eugénie. At the restaurant, a waiter pours the white, unaged version of the house Armagnac. It’s so cold, he has to grip the frosted bottle with a glove. 'Wet your lips with the Armagnac,' the waiter instructs, 'then eat a little caviar, take what’s left as a shot, and eat the rest of your caviar.' It’s unclear if this is healthy, but it certainly feels good. In a few moments, just as the rush of joy fades, that glorious fish arrives."

     

    From "A Fish That's Worth a Flight to France"

    Photographer: Céline Clanet for Bloomberg Pursuits

  20. Hannah Bronfman and Brenda Fallis modeling the breeziest looks in Jamaica
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    Hannah Bronfman and Brenda Fallis modeling the breeziest looks in Jamaica

    "The setting: Jamaica’s stunning GoldenEye, a laid-back luxury retreat that’s the former home of author Ian Fleming. 'We were both excited to have our Bond moment,' says Bronfman." 

     

    From "A Fantasy Jamaican Holiday With Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis"

    Photographer: Diego Uchitel for Bloomberg Pursuits; Stylist: Brian Coats

  21. Lamborghinis everywhere at the Quail Motorsports gathering
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    Lamborghinis everywhere at the Quail Motorsports gathering

    "The sea of Lamborghini Miuras was impossible to miss at the Quail, especially because of their bright Skittles-like paint jobs and recessed headlamps with 'eyelashes' around the edges. They were placed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura this year."

     

    From "See the Most Exciting Cars From the Quail Motorsports Gathering"

    Photographer: Aaron Wojack/Bloomberg

  22. Anthony Mackie shows us his New Orleans
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    Anthony Mackie shows us his New Orleans

    "It was a bland piece of fish that sent Anthony Mackie running back to New Orleans after 11 years of living in New York City. 'All the restaurants in New York were starting to serve tilapia,' says the actor, who reprises his role as Falcon in Captain America: Civil War, opening Friday. 'It’s disgusting.' The next time he went home to visit his family, he and a friend caught and cooked some redfish. It took just one taste to remember what he’d left behind. 'I called the moving company and said, I’m mailing you the keys. Pack up my stuff and send it down.'"

     

    From "Anthony Mackie on Fishing, Drinking, and His Love of New Orleans"

    Photographer: Ture Lillegraven for Bloomberg Pursuits; Stylist: Jeanne Yang/The Wall Group; On-set stylist: Chloe Takayanagi; Groomer: Diana Schmidtke/Something Artists