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Archivesvolume 31 (9.2011-12.2011)
After reviewing an overwhelming number of submissions from 48 countries this year, our panel of international judges announced the winners of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2011. It's a compelling selection of new multimedia and photography from around the world. Inspiring!
Michael Wolf made a series of candid portraits of Japanese commuters enduring the inhuman daily crush of bodies in Tokyo's subway cars. The results are visceral, unforgettable, and almost suffocating.
This brilliantly curated show at the Noorderlicht Festival examines the consequences of more than half the world's population now living in cities, which comprise only three percent of the earth's surface. Fascinating photographs and thought-provoking reading.
Years ago, William Miller rescued a damaged Polaroid SX-70 camera from a yard sale, and learned how to control and accentuate aspects of the camera's flaws. Yet the images themselves are always a surprise.
Like many of the painters in the beginning of the 20th century, Edvard Munch experimented with photography for inspiration — a great new exhibition pairs some of his photos and paintings, and more.
This newly re-published photobook (originally from 1998) presents an intimate, diary-like record of being on the road with Patti Smith and her band in the mid-90s.
Cy Twombly (1928-2011), a celebrated painter and sculptor, revealed a subtle reverance for mythology and history in his photographic work.
Diane Arbus (New York, 1923–1971) revolutionized the art she practiced. Her bold subject matter and photographic approach produced a body of work that is often shocking in its purity, in its steadfast celebration of things as they are.
AnaStasia Rudenko has set out to create an ongoing series of photos that define the reality of Russia today.
Archivesvolume 30 (6.2011-8.2011)
David Pace photographs dancers in the West African country of Burkina Faso, where they gather on Friday nights for diesel-powered outdoor parties. He captures random wild dance moves, personal fashion statements, and pure happiness.
Elin Høyland befriended these two hermit-like elderly brothers, and documented their lives over many years in their small hamlet in rural Norway. Harald and Mathias Ramen lived together (seemingly all their lives), happily isolated from much of the rest of the world. The pictures speak volumes.
Exclusive multimedia reports from inside the world of photo-journalism. Often disturbing, always insightful. Updated with fresh content weekly. Shown: detail of a Moscow nightclub by Antonin Kratochvil/VII.
Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken was part of the hipster, bohemian scene in Paris, when, in 1956, he published a ground-breaking photobook called Love on the Left Bank. That book has been beautifully re-printed, and it captures the joie de vivre of that seemingly carefree era.
Max de Esteban makes X-rays of obsolete technology products that were used — not too long ago — for producing and communicating art. His work poses the philsophical questions of how we change (artistically, culturally, politcally) when our tools change.
By using rippled mirrors to make portraits of painted warriors and gentle fishermen, Elisabeth Sunday elongates the bodies of her subjects, and creates mirage-like dream images.
Alejandro Cartagena photographs the particularities of hastily built suburbs in Monterrey, Mexico. His photos reveal the chaos and destruction that result from scant or misguided urban planning.
In this amazing mid-career retrospective book, it’s hard to imagine that one man witnessed so much trouble and misery in the world — and was able to capture it so movingly. A great, intelligent interview at the end of the book provides insight into his passion and compassion as a concerned photographer.
Archivesvolume 29 (4.2011-5.2011)
Conducting online keyword searches for famous monuments, Swiss/French artist Corinne Vionnet culled thousands of tourists’ snapshots, and weaved together small sections of the appropriated images to create layered, ethereal structures.
A new photobook by Jeroen Toirkens takes us on a multi-continent search for the last living nomadic peoples in the Northern Hemisphere.
An exhibition in Moscow provides an introduction to six contemporary photographers from Georgia
Gazi Nafis Ahmed’s series of same-sex couples and tough kids on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, reverberates with intimacy and obvious delight. Text by Stephen Mayes.
A series of photographs from the winners and shortlisted photographers in this annual prize for Human Rights photography, plus an interview with the founder of the Award, Matthieu Rytz.
Nearly a century’s worth of photographs from the renowned Scurlock Studio are compiled in this handsome book designed to celebrate the legacy of a noted family of photographers and to present a vivid portrait of black Washington, D.C.
An overview of the 12 finalists in the world’s leading prize for photography focused on sustainability.
Peter Ainsworth presents a series of photographs all shot in the same location, an edge space entered into through a gap in the railings under a ring road in the suburbs of North London.
For two years, Liz Hingley explored the two-mile stretch of Soho Road in Birmingham, to document and celebrate the rich diversity of religions that co-exist there.
UK Photographer Peter Dench asserts that “the English have turned drinking into a national obsession, nearly an art form.” His photos take the viewer from the local pub to posh charity balls, horse race festivals to nightclubs, and the hospital to the grave.
Prix Pictet finalist Chris Jordan has been documenting an astonishing and disturbing effect of consumer waste: discarded plastic packaging and toys inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses.
Dan Dubowitz travels the world in search of abandoned, decaying buildings. He finds beauty in many of these spaces, and he documents them lovingly with his medium-format camera.
To examine the role of energy in the United States, Mitch Epstein embarked on a five-year-long, twenty-five-state project called American Power. This series won top honors in the Prix Pictet 2011 photography awards.
Archivesvolume 28 (1.2011-3.2011)
Camille Seaman, who is a 2011 TED Fellow based in California, has been photographing dwindling icebergs in both Arctic regions. Her spectacular work is now being exhibited in San Francisco.
A major survey exhibition at Stockholm's Fotografiska museum showcases almost four decade of the work of Sarah Moon.
A vast, new annual exhibition of photography from young European talents is showing in Paris through March 20, 2011. It's a diverse show, and worth a look.
A two-part series by Marcus Bleasdale looking at Child Soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Young Girls who are conscripted, raped and made the wives of soldiers. The stories are told by two distinct single voices representing many. A multimedia feature inside VII The Magazine.
This controversial group show explores the blurry lines between love and lust, erotic art and pornography, sensuality, fetishism, transexuality, seduction and desire.
By sorting and collocating seemingly accidental moments, Maria L. Felixmueller composes dream-logic narratives that convey multiple layers of meaning.
Damien Peyret photographs men and women soaking in steaming hot pools during cold, dark, northern winters. The color of his Polaroids seem to capture a story originating in a different world, peaceful and detached, where gravity does not interfere with people's lives.
For one year, Siberian photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva lived with, and documented, five nationalities of nomadic reindeer herders — a way of life unchanged for centuries.
Massimo Cristaldi's night photography captures the "islands of light" surrounding US military housing complexes in Italy, and the symbolic struggle of light and dark.
For a recent commission, British photographer Stephen Gill created quirky pieces of art that combine the effects of photograms, faded film, light flares, chance, and his own unique vision of where to point his camera.
Lens Culture is pleased to present a high-resolution slideshow of winners from the 2011 World Press Photo Competition. The photo above, by Daniele Tamagni, Italy, won 2nd Prize in the Arts and Entertainment Stories. It is one of the few photos from this year's competition that may bring a smile to your face: The Flying Cholitas, women wrestlers in Bolivia.
Britta Jaschinski, winner of the 2010 European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, makes charcoal-like photographs of wild animals in their native habitats, often as their natural environments are radically changing.
In a small, remote Russian village, photographer Lucia Ganieva discovered a wonderful anomaly in home decoration — the interiors of practically every home in the village feature room-size photographic murals. The resulting visual intensity creates intruiging atmospheres in these otherwise modest dwellings.
Natan Dvir, an Israeli Jewish man, photographed and talked with 18-year-old men and women who are part of the minority Arab population that continues to live within a country that is largely defined by opposing religious beliefs.
Collaborative artists John Armstrong (in Toronto) and Paul Collins (in Paris) paint over parts of each other's photographs using kitschy styles of old-fashioned advertising illustration (and other motifs) to create pleasantly jarring juxtapositions.
This latest in the series of photobooks titled, in almost every picture ... , deals with one family’s attempt to solve one of the great mysteries of photography: how to shoot a black dog.
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