For almost 10 years, LensCulture has become one of the most authoritative resources for contemporary photography. We have been committed to discovering and promoting the best of the global photography community. We look for exciting work from every continent, and from diverse points of view: documentary, fine art, nature, photojournalism, activism, street photography, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human. LensCulture International Exposure Awards, now in their fifth year, are granted yearly to discover, reward, and promote talented, new, emerging and established photographers and multimedia creators from around the world.
This Fall, we are launching an expanded LensCulture Network to actively connect photographers, artists, galleries, publishers, schools, agencies, media, festivals, critics, curators, collectors, editors, students — anyone and everyone involved in contemporary photography.
This new platform will enable photographers and arts professionals from around the world to engage with each other, and with the public, to share their own passions, insights and discoveries. We hope you will become an active participant in the LensCulture community!
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Editor & Publisher
Jim started LensCulture in 2004 to explore the diverse ways photography is used in the arts, media and daily life in cultures around the world. Since then, LensCulture has grown to be regarded as a highly valuable, engaging and inspiring resource for photographers, students and art lovers. In 2010, Jim teamed up with international partners to launch the annual LensCulture FotoFest Paris portfolio reviews, which bring together participants from over 45 countries each November. Prior to Lens Culture, Jim served as founder and president of Casper Design Group for 20 years, an international branding and corporate communications design firm based in Berkeley, CA. He currently lives in Amsterdam.
Kamran started four companies over the past 20+ years, most recently TasteBook, a start-up backed by Random House and Condé Nast. TasteBook created a world-class publishing platform for recipes and personalized cookbooks that grew into the world's largest database of user-uploaded recipes. Random House acquired TasteBook in 2012. Kamran also co-founded Ofoto, the leading online photo service during the first dot-com era with over 50 million users. Ofoto was acquired by Kodak in 2001. Prior to Ofoto, Kamran founded Tunes Network, an early pioneer in the online music category. Tunes was acquired by Rollingstone.com. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and currently lives in Berkeley, CA.
Laura Sackett is Creative Director and partner in LensCulture, the leading website committed to discovering and promoting the best in global photography community. She has lead all aspects of design including brand, website, print, communications, screenings and exhibitions that has help transform LensCulture into a world-class platform for contemporary photography. Besides leading the creative direction for LensCulture, she also curates the online galleries, co-curates the LensCulture exhibitions and serves as Juror for Portfolio Reviews.
Laura is also a photographer. Her recent photowork includes camera-less digital portraits and experiments with iPhonography. She is a founding Board Member of PhotoAlliance, and earned an MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA.