In no particular order, here we go!
You can't be a photographer and not recognize the authority and quality of work National Geographic has produced in photographic terms over the years. To see the Best of 2012 from NG, check out the vid below...
This link is to a gallery of photos taken by William Strode for an environmental look around the Ohio River near Louisville Kentucky in the 70s. Strode was a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who had clients such as National Geographic, Time, Life, Sports Illustrated and many others. I think what's interesting in these photos, is his compositional skill, not to mention the 70s film quality.
This next link is a gallery of photos taken by photographer Brandon Stanton. Its a series of street photography (mostly portraits) in various locations in Iran. I think its really interesting in looking that the folks in these photos don't seem any different than our own neighbors and what's really cool, is how nicely everyone treated the photographer while he was there. Cool stuff!
Regardless whether or not you're a fan of the current U.S. administration, you have to appreciate the skill and candidness photographer Pete Souza (the official White House Photographer) brings to the table. His eye for composition is probably second to none and he has recorded the life of a presidency perhaps better than any other photographer before him. I also think that this is in part due to President Obama's willingness to have a staff photographer around at all times, even those that are less than flattering. Check out this gallery of Pete's personal favorites from 2012. Also, if you're a Souza fan, check out this documentary about him done by PBS. Its a great look at what a White House photographer goes through on a daily basis.
Next, check out this quick piece about Edwin Land, the genius behind the success of Polaroid. Land was a scientist, inventor and a voracious business man that really struggled to put Polaroid on the map. Its interesting to see what makes men like this tick. If you're wanting to know more, check out this latest book by Christopher Bonanos. Its a good look at the man behind the power of Polaroid cameras.
Hope you enjoy this stuff and gives you some inspiration for a lazy, Sunday afternoon!