We’ve just launched Issue #21 of Lens Culture, which features our personal selection of great contemporary photography from all over the world.
This edition is packed with wonderful new discoveries including a rare, intimate look inside the working studio of Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein from American photographer Laurie Lambrecht; extraordinary glass negative portraits from 30s Poland by Stefania Gurdowa (which have provided the material for our favorite photobook of the year so far: Negatives are to be Stored); and Andrzej Kramarz’s innovative images of the eclectic collections and bizarre jumbles of objects he discovered over two-and-a-half years photographing flea markets in Krakow.
We’re also featuring some recent work from Roger Ballen, who has published a beautiful and disturbing new photobook, Boarding House (click here for an exclusive audio interview with the artist), and artful documentation of decades of car crashes by former Swiss police photographer Arnold Odermatt. There’s coverage of Czech artist Vladimir Zidlicky’s 30-year retrospective — an important survey of the artist’s surreal, experimental and abstract nude photography. And Laura Domela’s fun, personal portraits of real-life characters (misfits, pioneers, entrepreneurs, artists, troublemakers) from a small gold mining town in Alaska.
Plus, come and enjoy our picks from the recent photography festivals around the US and Europe, including Photolucida in Portland, Photomonth in Krakow and Fotofestiwal in Lodz:
• Work in progress by a young Finnish photographer, Joel Gräfnings, who makes before- and after-work portraits of women who work in traditionally male-dominated jobs.
• A satirical yet compassionate exploration of the oddly entwined relationships of servants and masters in wealthy middle-class Brazil by Slovakian documentary photographer Andrej Balco.
• Adam Panczuk’s magical pictures of the disappearing art of folk theater from Lubenka, a small village in Poland.
• Portraits of wealthy Roma families at home in their new opulent interiors, a project which won Carlo Gianferro a first prize at the World Press Photo Awards.
And if that’s not enough, you can search our archives of international contemporary photography portfolios, essays, interviews, audio recordings and photobook reviews; enjoy a moment of Zen with your coffee while browsing Lens Culture’s growing Buddha Project (now more than 600 images!); or invest in one (or several!) of our signed limited edition photographs. And via our Twitter updates (twitter.com/lensculture), you can stay informed of all the latest developments in the world of international contemporary photography.
So, check out the new issue, tell your friends, and let us know what you think!