Kathy Ryan, director of photography: “The cover story for this year’s Culture Issue is a profile of the Puerto Rican trap and reggaeton artist Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, known as Bad Bunny. His album ‘YHLQMDLG’ (‘Yo hago lo que me da la gana,’ Spanish for ‘I do whatever I want’), released in February, reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200, the highest-charting all-Spanish album ever on the chart. We felt this close-up photograph of him with a grown-out mustache would surprise those who already know him and pique the curiosity of those who don’t.”
Read the cover story: “The World According to Bad Bunny”
Cover photograph by Mara Corsino for The New York Times.