In celebration of the recently concluded LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016, we will be publishing a series of inspiring features on great contemporary portraiture. Enjoy!

Here, we offer an exclusive preview of the upcoming issue of BLOW Photo, which focuses on the self-portrait. Read on to hear more from BLOW’s editors and learn about this innovative platform for all things photography.


issue 14 deals with self portrait, and we confess this issue is opinionated. we were drawn to the type of self-portrait that is closer to fiction than autobiography. fellini would contradict “all art is autobiographical. the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.”

most of our artists are engaged in some kind of masquerading, performance or covering up. a few admirable ones are absent from their own self portraits including kelli connell who uses a model to play herself, as well as anna fawcus, whose self portraits are in fact a montage of her parents.


our cover artist birthe piontek chose to combine her self portrait with found images and still lifes. the result is a rich symbolic narrative, not only about herself but about womanhood, mortality and fear.

We hope you enjoy issue 14 as much as we enjoyed making it.

—BLOW Photo


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