All old-school photographers know that black-and-white film typically registers a negative image of the subject of a photograph, which can then be printed as a positive image on paper for final viewing. What looks dark on a negative becomes light on a print. But what happens when an artist decides to play with this paradigm by aiming to make the final image a negative image that looks like a positive image?
Slovakian photographer Tono Stano has been artfully exploring this idea since the 1990s, and the results are wonderful, delightful, surreal, and hard to deconstruct. Lens Culture is pleased to present a dozen of our favorite images from Stano's series titled White Shadow.
This (silent) video offers an inspiring behind-the-scenes look at the artist at work in his studio.
A poetic book composed of all photos and no text other than its koan-like title. People who “kill time” flipping back and forth through the pages will be rewarded perhaps with playful new connections and lingering meditations.
While we usually think of the theater from the perspective of the audience—and gaze upon the stage from a distance—this series turns our view on its head, bringing the camera to the other side, the inside, of the "Fourth Wall."
Photographer and teacher Elaine Mayes has made many, many photographs since the early 1960s, but has rarely shown them in public. She talks about her work, her ideas about photography, and current projects in an audio interview.