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.
Photographer Tony Ray-Jones, who died in 1972 at the early age of 31, exerted an enormous influence on the development of British documentary art photography that continues to be reflected in the work of Martin Parr and many others. A retrospective of his work was a highlight during the Month of Photography in Krakow, Poland.
In November 2012, rocket exchanges between Gaza and Israel intensified for the first time in years, and soldiers came streaming through the separation wall to fight on the ground. Photojournalist Will Hilton delivers this report from a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank.