December of course sees the inevitable 'best of' lists, and given the wealth of coverage we've provided his year it seems like the sensible thing to do is to extend this collating experience to photography.

We have a plethora of talented photographers that have contributed to The 405 over recent times and thus this compilation has proven to be an enormously tricky task; even the new monthly round-ups have always been a head-cracking experience. A good excuse to dig out those editorial knives from the communal cupboard and sharpen away voraciously. In 2012 we intend to expand the photography section - and content - of the site further, so watch this space.

Where to start with 2011's imagery? Dananananaykroyd's festival gig in front of seven people prior to their demise, trips to Austria, Rennes, Berlin and Reykjavik, escaping a battering from Odd Future, and generally more decisive moments than you can shake a monochrome French photobook at. From a database of thousands of images, here are some of the most significant jpegs of 2011 in terms of image quality, importance of event and enduring appeal.

The Whip

The Whip @ Hoxton Bar & Grill 07/09/11

The Horrors

The Horrors @ York Hall 17/06/11


WU LYF @ Shepherds Bush Empire 26/10/11

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer @ Concorde 2 01/09/11

The Go! Team

The Go! Team @ KOKO 30/11/11

The Fall

The Fall @ Concorde 2

Teeth - Disposable 405

Teeth @ The Lexington

Dananananaykroyd - Headstock Festival

Dananananaykroyd @ Headstock Festival 2011 Dananananaykroyd @ Headstock Festival 2011

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey @ HMV Institute 17/11/11


Girls Girls

Cut Copy

Cut Copy @ Roundhouse, Camden 27/10/11 Cut Copy @ Roundhouse, Camden 27/10/11

Iceland Airwaves 2011

Sykur 1 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs @ Iceland Airwaves YACHT @ Iceland Ariwaves Active Child @ Iceland Airwaves Young Galaxy @ Iceland Airwaves TuneYards 6 Retro Stefson Faktory people Spaces

Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen @ Roundhouse, Camden

Katy B

Katy B @ Shepherds Bush Empire 24/10/11

Melt! Festival 2011: From Hamburg to Ferropolis

Melt Festival - the day of wind Treptow Park Wittenberge


Battles @ Heaven 08/06/11

James Blake

James Blake @ Koko, Camden 14/06/11

Tom Vek

Tom Vek @ Heaven 16/06/11

Digitalism crowd

Digitalism @ Xoyo, London 13/06/11


Beak> - I'll Be Your Mirror - ATP Festival

Olafur Arnalds

Olafur Arnalds @ Queen Elizabeth Hall 19/07/11

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My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket @ Somerset House 17/07/11

The Flaming Lips

Flaming Lips

T In The Park


Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Efrim Manuk - I'll Be Your Mirror - ATP Festival



Tim Minchin

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Big Chill Festival

Kanye West @ Big Chill Festival 2011 Empire of the Sun @ Big Chill Festival 2011

James Blake - Field Day

FieldDay Festival 2011

Trans Musicales 2011, Rennes

Factory Floor @ Trans Musicales 2011 50 Miles From Vancouver @ Trans Musicales 2011 @ Trans Musicales 2011


Psychologist @ Electrowerkz 11/08/11

Gay for Johnny Depp

Gay for Johnny Depp @ Revenge, Brighton 22/02/11

Primal Scream

Primal Scream @ Brighton Centre, 22/03/11

Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles @ Brixton Academy 19/02/11 Crystal Castles, Brixton Academy

Pulled Apart by Horses

Pulled Apart by Horses @ Heaven, London 22/02/11

Les Savy Fav

Les Savy Fav @ Heaven, London 22/02/11 Les Savy Fav @ Heaven, London 22/02/11

Lykke Li

Lykke Li @ Shepherds Bush Empire 14/04/11

Record Store Day 2011

Record Store Day 2011

Matt and Kim

Matt & Kim @ Garage, London 23/03/11

Mount Kimbie

Mount Kimbie @ Heaven 28/04/11

Esben and the Witch

Esben and the Witch

The Jezabels

The Jezabels @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow @ Scala, 11/05/11

FM Belfast

FM Belfast @ Cargo 01/06/11 FM Belfast

Eleanoora Rosenholm - Ja Ja Ja

Eleanoora Rosenholm @ Ja Ja Ja, Lexington 27/05/11

She's Hit

She's Hit @ Bull and Gate, London 06/06/11

Dananananaykroyd - Dot to Dot Festival

Dananananaykroyd @ Dot to Dot Festival

My Panda Shall Fly

My Panda Shall Fly

Odd Future - Camden Crawl

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With thanks to Nick Miners, Tim Ferguson, Veronika Moore, Laura Patterson, Dan Smyth, Sarah Dorman, Alice Tragedy, Tim Boddy, Dan Simms, Sapphire Mason-Brown, Chris Mathews, Adam Brown, Ben Harris, Valerio Berdini and Richard Gray.