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July 13, 2005
I just got back from an amazing week at the Renctontres d'Arles photography festival. It will take a long time to digest all of the ideas and work presented there -- completely fascinating and enjoyable.
In the meantime, here is an all-new issue for your reading and viewing pleasure. In case you're not on our mailing list, here's the note that went out via email:
Photography is a universal language that can help us understand ourselves and others, and grapple with phenomena that puzzle, haunt, titillate, confuse or intrigue us. The intensity and subtlety with which photography is now dissected, examined and explained seems to be extending to all coordinates of the planet. So, how can we stay attuned to what might be worthwhile or important?
This latest issue of Lens Culture includes photo-essays and series from the UK, India, the USA, Senegal, the former USSR, distant Arctic regions, Norway and New Zealand. It also presents 20 of the most important works of global photojournalism selected by the jury at World Press Photo 2005 in the Netherlands.
The formats vary: street photography, photo-collage, panoramas, in-your-face photojournalism, found photos, stills from high definition video, and multimedia with a pop soundtrack.
Many are serious inquiry into identity — personal, spiritual, biological, or cultural. Others are more meditative, or are colored by wry humor or heart-breaking and haunting documentation.
You'll also get to hear audio recordings of interviews, including a thought-provoking conversation with photographer and educator Elaine Mayes, who talks about her American auto-landscapes from the 1960s and 70s, a photograph as an "idea", Minor White, and the abstract expressionism of graffiti artists.
This issue initiates a new section of book reviews, starting with an in-depth review of Ukrainian-born Boris Mikhailov's Retrospective, published by Scalo.
And our archives section includes all the best of previous features, articles, essays, portfolios and interviews.
Please send an email and let us know what you think. Thanks, and cheers!