September 2012 Archives
September 19, 2012
Photographer-Artist Jeff Cowen spoke about his work and approach to art in a conversation recorded at Michael Werner Kunsthandel in Köln Germany. Art Historian Jennifer Crowley and Lens Culture Director Jim Casper participated in the conversation with Cowen.
Cowen makes original mural-size, sculptural, painterly photographic works that are visually stunning and beautiful but defy easy categorization. His comments offer insight into his working methods and goals.
This video is a 13-minute edit that contains excerpts from the public conversation that ranged over a wide range of topics.
Jeff Cowen and Jim Casper will conduct a 5-day Masterclass for Photographers, in Paris, October 18-22, 2012. For more details, and to register, see bildernordic.no/en/archive/register-for-the-5-day-photography-masterclass-in-paris-with-jeff-cowen-and-jim-casper-october-18-22/
September 14, 2012
Yay! An all-new issue of Lens Culture is online now, free.
This edition saunters through digital narcissism and ignorance; a celebration of Queer love and expression in America; Portraits of Rwandan children born of rape; fairy tale stories of a very young Russian mother and her daughter, growing up together in fantasy-reality; Grandmothers' favorite ethnic recipes from around the world; trying to picture the "psychology of an occupied culture" in the West Bank, Palestine; a celebration of uniformed flight attendants high in the skies; God's-eye views of Mexican laborers in pick-up trucks commuting to work in wealthy suburbs; self-portraits of a naked young woman in public crowds of New York City; photo crime mystery book Gomorrah Girl from Naples Italy; Russian art museum Guardians who become like chameleons around the art they protect; satellite images of global capitalist centers stitched into patterns like Persian rugs; the last remaining Boikos in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains; 1,000 Buddhas, and more...
Special thanks to C.A. Strand, Sam Pribish and Millie for splendid production, design and proofing. Now rest your bleary eyes for a few hours.... And very special thanks to all of the talented and generous photographers, artists and writers who contributed to this issue!
September 10, 2012
© Molly Landreth
Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America is an ongoing photography / biography archive project by Molly Landreth. It is rich with imagery, honesty, humor, and individual stories. It's a celebration of life and love, and it avoids the usual clichés.
Here's the story about this photo of Stella and Sterling, written 5 years after it was taken:
"Basically, when this photo was taken, me and Sterling had recently broken up. Well, of course, that’s what gives this photo such a strange undertone. I look angry. Well, my choice in eyebrows doesn’t help the situation. Our mattresses had been pushed apart prior to the photo I believe. That was a big deal. I was waiting to hear back about a new apartment and we were awkwardly living together after the break up in a one bedroom. And then the “happy valentines day” box, pinned above our beds. It looks so empty and lonely up there. I remember being excited to be featured in your project and I’m still glad I did it but I also remember thinking we were fooling everyone that we were still together in the photo that so many people who didn’t know us at all would be viewing. Looking back at it years later, I see we weren’t fooling anyone. Though it was an uncomfortable time in my life, I’m happy that you were able to capture the situation so perfectly."
See many more portraits and related stories from this series here in Lens Culture.
September 2, 2012
Lambi in Creole Sauce © Gabriele Galimberti
Gabriele Galimberti is a talented, ambitious photographer, always traveling the world in search of adventure, good stories, interesting people and ... great local food.
And because he’s an Italian who loves to cook and eat, it’s no surprise that one of his “side projects” is now becoming a unique photobook: Grandmothers from around the world, sharing their most popular recipes.
Not only did this project give him an excuse to photograph inside home kitchens all around the world — he also got delicious home-cooked meals at every stop!
Discover 18 wonderful grandmothers and their favorite dishes
in the latest issue of Lens Culture.
How to prepare Lambi in creole sauce:
4 big Lambi
One onion, garlic, one leek, two Haitian chillies, one lime, a bitter orange, one tomato, parsley, salt, pepper and seed oil
One plantain per person
One coconut and some Haitian mushrooms
Dried river and saltwater shrimps
The first thing to do is fish the lambi from the Caribbean Sea. Lambi (Strombus gigas) is a big shellfish, 30 cm in length, from which you can pull out the fish by making a hole in the upper edge of the shell. Wash it properly and cut the claw as well as the other hard parts. Cut it in thin slices.
Crush and strain the garlic, leek, parsley, chilies, bitter orange juice, lime and salt. Add some tomato puree and seed oil.
Add the lambi to this mixture, and bring to boil, pouring continuously more water and a juice made with grated coconut and water.
On a side, prepare some rice (Haitian, and not American, rice). Wash and fry some local black beans (pois congo). Prepare the spices for the rice: leek, parsley, garlic, pepper, chillies, tritri (dried baby river shrimps), dried saltwater shrimps, jonjon (local mushrooms), grated coconut, oil. Wash the rice and add it to the beans and spices. Cover the pan and let the water evaporate.
In another pan, heat some seed oil and fry the plantains cut in thick slices. Take them off the oil, crush them and then fry them again.
Serve everything on a dish, but be careful to keep the three elements (rice, lambi and plantains) separate.
You can accompany this dish with an ice-cold Prestige (Haitian Beer).
September 1, 2012
While we are planning our photography Masterclass in Paris with Jeff Cowen (October 18-22, 2012), and our 3rd annual photography portfolio review, Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2012 at Spéos (November 12-14, 2012), we are reminded of some of the many photographers who captured the romance of Paris during the 20th century. It's wonderful to say that Paris has not changed much — it is as lovely and as visually romantic as ever.
Gallery owner Anna Walker Skillman from Jackson Fine Art in Georgia USA shared a dozen of her favorite Paris photos culled from the gallery's flat files, with a note that she's very eager to discover some great new contemporary photography when she returns to Paris to meet photographers during FotoFest Paris in November. Thanks, Anna!