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March 4, 2009
We are pleased to announce special limited edition offerings of four great contemporary photographs. American photographers Dan Nelken and Juliana Beasley have both agreed to offer editions of their original photos at very affordable prices, exclusively available for Lens Culture readers. We're honored to have these modern masterpieces for sale in our young and growing online gallery.
Juliana Beasley takes you in close to people and places you might not otherwise approach with such intimacy. Her unflinching gaze and personal fearlessness are matched perfectly with her tightly cropped compositions and celebrations of gaudy man-made colors and every day consumer kitsch.
At first glance, one would be tempted to link her work to that of Martin Parr – the images have that same kind of lasting intensity and punch. But Beasley’s work is less judgmental, and much less prone to jab fun at her subjects. Beasley shows us people and things exactly the way they are — heightened by her artist’s eye attuned to nuance and prepared to capture the decisive moment.
Beasley’s work is the cover story of the Winter 2009 issue of the excellent European photography magazine, View. Her work was shown in 2008, in Paris, New York, and Houston Texas; and will be presented in early 2009 at the Roma Photo Festival in Italy. She lives and works in the New York City area, and was recently awarded a prestigious New Jersey state-sponsored artists prize. Lens Culture is honored to be able to offer three of our personal favorites from her recent work in very limited editions and at very affordable prices. More info about Juliana Beasley can be found here.
Photographer Dan Nelken has captured the innocent, fresh-scrubbed exuberance of the people who compete each year in county fairs across America. This work has earned him numerous awards and international exhibitions — and a beautiful large-format book published in Europe in 2008.
“This series is one of those rare bodies of work that combine a surface ease of viewing with a passionate depth of character… Look deeper, past their record of faces and animals and through their delightful wit you will be moved by the spirit of these participants and the complexity of the seemingly simple events in which they are engaged.”
— Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator at Harry Ramson Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Dan Nelken's work is being featured right now at the Mexico Biennal of Photography, and in a few weeks at AIPAD in New York.
More info about Dan Nelken is here.