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Archivesvolume 35 (12.2012-2.2013)
Annalisa Brambilla documents the story of a family dealing daily with autism as it takes them on a journey of constant struggle and discovery.
Elena Bulygina has created a short, quiet meditation about self-body-image in the age of PhotoShop.
Sharon Harper deliberately challenges the objective, scientific reality of photography in this delightful book of her chance-inspired artistic visions of the heavens. She combines long time exposures with multiple exposures, and moves the vantage point of the camera in between, and often waits for hours, days, weeks or months to layer another exposure onto the same piece of 4 x 5 film.
Jim Kazanjian cobbles together bits and pieces of photos that he finds online, and creates new imaginary places.
UK photographer Michelle Sank makes portraits that are rich in visual, sociological and psychological nuances.
Four photographers are finalists for the lucrative £30,000 annual European photography prize. We offer links to the websites of each finalist, as well as comments from the jury. This photo © Chris Killip.
Recently discovered color snapshots by Solange Brand from Peking in 1966 at the start of Mao’s Cultural Revolution — a casual view into a world often known only by black-and-white Western journalism or official Chinese color propaganda.
Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884) was the most important photographer of the Second Empire in France. He initiated a new way of seeing, and his students went on to pioneer styles of photography that seem startlingly modern 160 years later.
This short commercial documentary about an innovative bicycle designer won 3rd prize in our Multimedia category.
Kyoko Hamada, a young photographer, has created a series of self-portraits as she might appear when she is an older woman.
Women and children refugees from civil war in Syria photographed and interviewed by Matilde Gattoni. These former middle class women now live stark, lonely, nearly hopeless lives in Lebanon.
In a record-breaking fourth year for the annual Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, the judges have just announced nine top winners and 27 honorable mention awards for photography and multimedia that was submitted from artists in 52 countries. Enjoy!
Brilliantly calculated long exposures of the sun, made with paper negatives in a custom-made large format camera, force the sun to physically burn a trace of its arc into each photograph by American photographer Chris McCaw. His new book is our favorite photobook of 2012.
Photojournalist Ed Kashi has struggled to balance his personal family life with his life on the road, where he has made hundreds of award-winning photographs — and witnessed wars, famines, natural disasters, civil uprisings and more. This short multimedia presentation presents an overview of his recent book, Photo Journalisms.
Award-winning Dutch artist and fashion photographer, Viviane Sassen, is featured in a major mid-career retrsopective at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam. Her quirky, personal take on photography has injected new energy and a sense of everyday celebration into the field.
Far-flung families can now enjoy virtual get-togethers via webcams. Photographer John Clang creates family portraits using Skype projections of virtual family gatherings.
Forty-five photographers were selected as shortlist finalists from more than 122,000 entries for the Sony Awards this year. Two will win cash prizes. Lens Culture features a high-resolution slideshow of all finalists. This photo © Anurag Kumar.
Archivesvolume 34 (10.2012-11.2012)
Fine-art photographer Vee Speers got silly with some friends and made a great series of impromptu portraits with her collection of vintage masks and her iPhone.
145 images serve up an appetizing preview of this biennial citywide celebration of photography. This image © Sarah Moon.
More than 90 emerging photographers will have exhibitions throughout Paris during November. Here’s a preview.
Chris Harrison’s new photo book explores his industrial hometown in Britain, seen through the eyes of an expatriate.
Alejandro Cartagena offers up a God’s-eye view of laborers in Mexico who must commute far distances to find work in the rich suburbs.
Brian Finke spent two years of his life, flying around the world, photographing uniformed flight attendants — documenting stylistic distinctions among airline “brands” as they attempt to simultaneously convey authority, safety, adventure, and the allure of travel.
Erica Simone wondered what it would feel like to be naked in the big city. So she embarked on a project of self-portraits in some unlikely public places.
Valerio Spada’s award-winning photobook about a murder in Naples, Italy is a visual rumination about adolescence, choices and chances in a land of Camorrah (the name of the Mafia in Naples).
“In the art museums of Russia, women sit in the galleries and guard the collections,” writes photographer Andy Freeberg. “When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself.”
Composited from thousands of aerial views from internet satellite images, David Thomas Smith’s artwork refers both to ancient Persian rug patterns and the complex structures that make up the centers of global capitalism.
“The Rat Tribe” by Sim Chi Yi, about young Chinese workers who live in windowless underground rooms so they can take part in otherwise lively city life.
Life in a small Boiko village in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains is the focus of this poetic, dream-like photo revery by Jan Brykczynski.
For 25 years, Berlin-based artist-photographer Jeff Cowen has worked exclusively with black-and-white film to produce stunning mural-size photographic works. Combining painting, drawing, sculpture, hand-toning and photography, he makes unique art objects that resonate with fine art collectors.
Lars Håberg attempts to capture the constant heavy “psychology of occupation” by documenting the daily life of Palestinians who live in the West Bank.
Magnum photographer Jacob Aue Sobol made a trek from Moscow to Ulan Bator to Beijing in 28 days, often making more than 1,000 photographs each day for 28 days straight. In this short video, he talks with Lens Culture founder Jim Casper about his adventures, and shares more than 30 of his top picks from that trip.
Lens Culture is pleased to present a high-resolution slideshow preview of 276 photographs that will be featured at this year’s Paris Photo fair. It’s a vibrant and eclectic mix that represents a truly global snapshot of the photographic art market right now.
Catherine Balet explores the dominance of media screens in contemporary life, and her images also refer to the narcissistic self-awareness expressed on social networks and the current approach to quick, light mobile photography that affects our visual culture.
Molly Landreth is archiving a rapidly changing community and the lives of people who offer brave new visions of what it means to be queer in America today.
Jonathan Torgovnik’s series of environmental portraits made in Rwanda of women that were brutally raped during the Rwandan genocide and the children they bore from those brutal encounters. Intensely sad personal interviews accompany the portraits.
Using folk tales as inspiration, Viktoria Sorochinski creates staged photos of a very young real-life mother and her daughter, as they grow up together.
Gabriele Galimberti travels the world in search of adventure, good stories, interesting people and ... great local food. He’s an Italian who loves to cook and eat, so it’s no surprise that one of his “side projects” is a unique series of diptychs: Grandmothers from around the world, sharing their most popular recipes. One of the more exotic dishes (above): Caterpillar in tomato sauce, from Malawi.
Archivesvolume 33 (5.2012-9.2012)
Evolving interpretations of memory, identity, and mental time-travel infuse the richly varied self portraits of Chino Otsuka.
One of the summer’s best photo festivals touches on a wide range of approaches to using the medium to create art, posing questions, and bringing together diverse communities. This image © Sergey Bratkov, #3, from the Armygirls series.
Cig Harvey’s super-saturated staged color photographs sometimes test the limits of conceptual whimsy, while her hand-written texts alter between insight and syrupy solipsism.
Completely wordless, Bertrand Fleuret’s photobook reads like a dream narrative, subject to an endless variety of interpretations.
Originally published in 1983, this newly-reprinted (and expanded) book focuses on the transsexual community living around the Place Blanche district of Paris in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The book established Christer Strömholm’s reputation as one of the leading photographers of the twentieth century.
A self-published conceptual partial-erasure of Robert Frank’s seminal photobook draws attention to minute details in each photo, and has created some controversy throughout the photographic community.
This book celebrates Duane Michals’ 1965 visit and photographic collaboration with the great Belgian painter of inverse worlds and bizarre hybrid forms.
Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin documents the last days of centuries-old traditions in Northern Transylvania.
Robert Adams’ photographs offer an unsentimental view of the American wilderness in an exquisite and expanded reprint of this book originally published in 1978.
The volume Posed/Unposed outlines the field of tension between the entirely spontaneous and unposed on one hand, and the striving for a perfect pose on the other, depicting a variety of approaches from photojournalism or amateur snapshots to advertising, portraiture and fashion photography.
Henriksson’s quiet, formal compositions are near-perfect meditations on shape, light, shadow and texture.
Power: 12 finalists, 115 images from Prix Pictet 2012
Lens Culture just published a high-resolution slide show of 115 images presenting portfolios of the 12 finalists for the prestigious Prix Pictet. The broad theme this year is Power. This photo © by finalist Daniel Beltrá. Oil Spill #1.
Archivesvolume 32 (1.2012-4.2012)
The early master of color photography was never celebrated for his personal, experimental work — until now.
A new group exhibition in Boston explores the limits and peripheries of photo-based portraits. The image shown here is by Holly Lynton.
A thought-provoking, narrative-rich series of photographs from inside prison walls explores those punishments which may, or may not, offend society’s “evolving sense of decency”. This image is by Lloyd Degrane.
A comprehensive exhibition covering the life of this legendary American photographer reveals a delightful array of interests and subject matter, well beyond her most familiar images.
In this series of work, Rana Javadi starts with old photographs from a famous Iranian photography studio, and then layers them with vintage fabrics, dying flowers and tarnished mirrors — creating a nostalgic tribute to a bygone era of easy living in Iran.
Slovakian photographer Tono Stano has been artfully distorting positive and negative space in photos of nude models — and the results are wonderful, delightful, surreal, and hard to deconstruct.
Frederic Lezmi used his iPhone camera to photograph a series of 28 vandalized political posters he discovered while walking the streets of Kosovo.
This wonderfully delightful book contains more than five decades of quirky self-portraits made by the American master Lee Friedlander.
Sean Lee, a young photographer based in Singapore, collaborates with his family members to make healing art and silly fun.
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