August 2010 Archives
August 31, 2010
We're very pleased to announce that Lens Culture, volume 27 is online now at www.lensculture.com.
As always, Lens Culture is filled with a wonderful and eclectic mix of contemporary photography from around the globe. This issue features:
• A high-resolution slideshow of 340 preview picks from the upcoming Paris Photo art fair — with special emphasis this year on Central European photography.
• An exclusive first look at Vee Speers' new series, Immortal, which explores age-old human desires for youth, beauty, perfection, and longing to stop time.
• Frederic Lezmi's long photographic road trip from Vienna to Beirut in search of Where the West becomes the East.
• UK artist Julia Curtin's appropriation and re-use of Depression-era photos in her sculptural projects.
• Xavier Comas' book-length project on elevator culture in Tokyo's Shinjuku district.
• Natan Dvir's multifaceted investigation of the consequences of Belief in Israel.
• Ivan Mikhaylov's annotated portraits of young, displaced Russians who each moved from the provinces to find a better life in the bustle of Moscow.
Plus many other great art and documentary projects — an adults-only community in Arizona ... bizarre architecture on the outskirts of Paris ... imaginary forests ... creative re-use of vast underground spaces ... lakeside recreation in the Czech Republic ... the last steam trains in China ... beach-comber scanner art from California ... 60 years of Dutch shooting galleries, and more.
Each week, our special section, VII The Magazine, presents fresh, insightful multimedia reports from photojournalists covering important stories all over the world.
This issue of Lens Culture is our largest edition in six years. Plus, every article, audio and video interview, slideshow, critical essay and book review from the previous 26 issues is still available in Lens Culture's online archives. It's a great source for inspiration.
On top of all this news, we're in the middle of our second annual global photo competition: Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010. Last year's submissions were stellar — and many of the winners found continued success around the world. This year, in addition to cash prizes and other awards, all winners and honorable mentions will be featured in Lens Culture — and 60 winning prints will be exhibited in Lens Culture traveling shows at galleries in Paris, New York and San Francisco.
Deadline for entries is September 18, 2010. Enter your photos today.
We hope you enjoy this new issue. Please let us know, and tell your friends!
August 24, 2010
The deadline for entering your photographs in this year's Lens Culture International Awards global photo competition is September 18, 2010. We've already had some amazing entries from around the world, and we're looking forward to seeing more!
This year there are more cash prizes, plus all our winners -- as well as all 25 Honorable Mentions -- will be part of a great traveling exhibition, shown at galleries in Paris, New York and San Francisco.
Don't miss this excellent opportunity to win global exposure for your photography. Enter today!
August 23, 2010
© Seamus Murphy
Great, short, 2-minute slideshow with audio commentary from VII photographer Seamus Murphy. He photographed in Afghanistan in 1994, and then revisited the exact same places and photographed again a few weeks ago. Some of his comments:
I returned to Afghanistan in June 2010 and photographed some of the places I had shot on previous trips. It was surprising how little had changed after so many years of violence and war. And after the billions of dollars that Afghanistan and the Afghans are told they should be grateful for. Theres not too much evidence of that in these recent photographs..
To find the original vantage points I used references like poles and structures that, incredibly, were still standing.
In Kabul, the big difference is in the traffic and the crowds. The city has 4.5 million people, it was 500,000 in 1994. Some lives have improved and trade is obviously flourishing. But there is a lot of resentment of opportunities wasted, of money stolen and the worsening insecurity.
The other big difference in the city is the absence of fear that permeated everything in 1994. Back then, Kabul was a labyrinth of front lines, with mujahideen factions shelling each other and there was widespread looting and murder of civilians.
Today, the latent fear is of suicide bombers. The noise and crowds add to the tension while you sit for hours in traffic. The mind plays games and you look more closely at the guy sweating heavily in the car next to you. Is he wearing the deadly belt? But no, he’s just overweight.
Afghans know the Americans will leave and they want the Americans to leave. But what they don’t know, is what will happen when the Americans finally leave?
August 12, 2010
Last year, photographers from 48 countries on 6 continents submitted more than 6,000 photographs to the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards.
All 29 of last year’s winners and honorable mentions have continued to achieve notable success with their photography careers. As of September 2010, they will have featured in more than 30 exhibitions worldwide, been published in over 50 different publications and received more than 20 additional awards. Many of the winners have also earned grants, won valuable commissions, and sold prints to both public and private collectors. Several earned gallery representation and places in mentoring and further study programs.
Here is a selection of the achievements of the 2009 winners of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards:
Exhibited at the following venues:
24th Festival International de Mode et de la Photographie à Hyères, Hyères, France
Arbetets Museum, Norrkjøping, Sweden
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, USA
De Verdieping, Veldhoven, Netherlands
Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Flash Forward Festival 2010, Toronto, Canada
Fotografiens Hus, Oslo, Norway
FotoWeek DC 2010, Washington DC, USA
Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Galleri Gerner, Moss, Norway
Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm, Sweden
Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee WI, USA
Kunsthalle, Charlottenburg, Denmark
Ministry for Spatial Planning VROM, The Hague, Netherlands
Montparnasse FNAC, Paris, France
Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), San Diego, CA, USA
Onward 2010, Project Basho, UK
Photo Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, USA
Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK
Photoplace Gallery, Vermont, USA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
Schneider Gallery, Chicago, USA
Slow Exposures, Pike County, Georgia, USA
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
The Art of Photography Show 2010, San Diego, CA, USA
The Center for Photography, Woodstock, New York, NY, USA
The National Portrait Gallery London, UK
The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, USA
University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME, USA
Woodmere Triennial, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA
World Press Photo – World tour 2010
Featured in these publications:
2010 World Press Photo annual
American Photography 25th Anniversary Annual, USA
BBC online, UK
Bite! Magazine, online
British Journal of Photography, UK
Das Fotomagazin, Germany
Dazed & Confused, UK
El Pais, El Domingo Magazine, Spain
Femina magazine, India
Global Post, online
Guardian Weekend, UK
Harper’s Magazine, USA
Hotshoe magazine, online
LENS (The New York Times online), USA
Marie Claire, India
Nikon Pro Magazine
PBS: Frontline World, USA
PDFX12 by Yumi Goto, Japan
Royal Photographic Society, UK
Russian Reporter, Russia
Saturday Telegraph magazine, UK
Seven (Sunday Telegraph supplement), UK
Spectrum (Sunday Times magazine), UK
Stella (Sunday Telegraph supplement), UK
Sueddeutshe Zeitung Magazin, Germany
Taylor Wessing Prize 2009 annual, UK
The Independent on Sunday Magazine, UK
The Sunday Times, UK
VQR (Virginia Quarterly Review), USA
VRIJ Magazine, Netherlands
WIG magazine, UK
Won these additional awards:
Art of photography 2009 and 2010: Winner
Black and White Spider awards, international: Nominee Award
Goa International Pinhole Photography Contest 2010
IPA awards, New York: Honorable Mention
Magenta foundation 2010: UK winner
PhotoLucida’s Critical Mass Top 50 Finalists, 2009
PDN Photo Annual: winner
PGB Photo Award 2010: Best Picture of the Year
PGB Photo Award 2010: 1st Prize, Picture Story of the Year
Picture of the year, Norway: 3rd prize Portrait
Prix de la Photographie Paris 2010: Honorable Mention
Silver Eye Center for Photography Fellowship 2009: Honorable Mention
The Photo Review 2009 Competition: 1st prize
The Independent Photographers’ Terry O’Neill Award: 3rd place
World Press Photo 2010: 1st Prize Stories, General News
World Press Photo 2010: 1st Prize Portraits, Singles
Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010 global photography competition is now open for submissions. Once again we have a stellar international jury, and this year we’re offering:
• new expanded categories
• more cash prizes, and
• international traveling exhibitions of all winning photographs.
The deadline for entries is September 18, 2010. Full details are at: lensculture.com/awards. Enter your best work today!
August 7, 2010
We are thrilled to announce that the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010 are now open for photography submissions.
Lens Culture International Exposure Awards aim to discover, reward, and promote talented, new, emerging and established photographers from around the world.
We’re looking for exciting images from every continent, and from diverse points of view: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, street photography, nature, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human.
An international jury of photography experts will review and judge every photo submitted.
This year, in addition to cash awards and other prizes, we're delighted to announce that all winning photographs will be featured in well-publicized International Exposure Awards exhibitions at galleries in Paris, New York and San Francisco in 2011. (Additional international gallery venues may be announced soon.) The winning photographs will also get prominent, exclusive photo features in Lens Culture, giving them access and broad exposure to an enthusiastic, influential worldwide audience.
Six photographers will win top honors (3 Portfolio Awards, and 3 Single Image Awards). Additionally, 25 photographers (from either category) will win Honorable Mention Awards.
Last year, we received over 6,000 images from photographers in 48 countries on six continents! Many of the 29 winners from 2009 continue to achieve great success with their careers — winning other awards (including two World Press Photo Awards), signing publishing contracts, getting editorial assignments, group and solo exhibitions, artists residencies, and having their work collected by institutions and private collectors around the world.
Deadline for submissions is September 18, 2010 at midnight Pacific Time.
Enter your photographs today! Full details here: www.lensculture.com/awards