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"In and Out of Fashion" photography by Viviane Sassen


Mimi © Viviane Sassen

Awkward twisting arms, legs and intertwined torsos…

Sharp shadows leaping over limbs and faces from outside the frame…

Riots of entangled shapes, forms, patterns, intense colors and textures…

Visually delightful and disorienting — Viviane Sassen’s fun, personal, quirky and artful approach has injected vibrant new energy and life into fashion photography as well as her equally wonderful tangential personal projects.

A 300-piece mid-career retrospective at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, “Viviane Sassen: In and Out of Fashion”, highlights a giddy range of outrageously great photographs and personal outtakes from the scenes of fashion photo shoots.

Lens Culture has a preview of the exhibition, which opens December 15. Be sure to check out the high-resolution slideshow.


POP © Viviane Sassen


In Bloom, for Dazed Digital © Viviane Sassen

More details about the exhibition (in Dutch and English), including a wonderful series of interviews with models, art directors, fashion designers, and other collaborators: Huis Marseille website.

Best photobooks of 2012: Chris McCaw’s "Sunburn" (one of 10)


From the book, Sunburn, by Chris McCaw.
Sunburned GSP#576 (Annular Eclipse, Nevada), 2012.
Unique gelatin silver paper negative. 20 x 24 inches.

Chris McCaws new (and first) monograph, Sunburn, is perhaps my favorite photobook of 2012. It is generous in size, elegantly designed, beautifully printed and the images are truly awe-inspiring. squido lense .

See and read more.

Winners Announced: Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2012

Lens Culture and its international jury of experts announced nine top winners and 27 honorable mentions for the International Exposure Awards 2012: the best in global photography and multimedia. See the full details online at Lens Culture.

The 36 winners represent work from 17 countries. squido lense . This is the 4th year for the annual Awards competition, and the judges reviewed work submitted by artists in 52 countries. Enjoy!


Grids and cluster presentations of photography at Paris Photo

Amidst the endless sea of photographs hanging on partitioned walls at the Paris Photo fair this week, presentations of clusters and grids of photos seemed to multiply the attraction to some works of art.

Stopping people in their tracks, this approach forces one’s gaze to bounce around the grids, and then to hone in on one image then another, eyes concentrating with intensity, then moving on again and back. squido lense . carrera de fotografia .

Three such grids include a series of self-portraits by Lee Friedlander; jam-packed Japanese commuters in Michael Wolf’s series Tokyo Compression; and a collection of anonymous cheesecake photos selected by Alec Soth and framed in wooden boxes that echo the feeling of the cheap wood paneling one would find in the motel bedrooms where many of these images seem to have been made during furtive affairs.


Vintage Carnival Masks: iPhone portraits by Vee Speers


Vintage Carnival Masks: iPhone portraits © by Vee Speers

These impromptu portraits feature ordinary and eccentric Parisians wearing vintage hand-painted Carnival masks. Fine-art photographer Vee Speers made this series just for fun — with her iPhone — over the course of a few dinner parties with friends.

The effect of the cartoon-like painted faces on 3D human bodies flattens and expands the images, playing tricks on the eye in a dizzying manner.

See more photos, and read more, in Lens Culture.


Vintage Carnival Masks: iPhone portraits © by Vee Speers


Vintage Carnival Masks: iPhone portraits © by Vee Speers


Vintage Carnival Masks: iPhone portraits © by Vee Speers

Paris Month of Photography 2012: Hi-Resolution Slideshow


For people who love photography, Paris is THE place to be in November.

There are literally more exhibitions, events, conferences, lectures, and booksignings than anyone can possible see in one month during the citywide celebration of the photographic image. Here we show a preview of the biennial Month of Photography. We also preview the upcoming exhibitions of the fringe festival, Mois de la Photo OFF, as well as a comprehensive overview of the photography art market and fair Paris Photo.

Lens Culture is pleased to host the 3rd annual Lens Culture FotoFest Paris international portfolio review November 12-14, including a Meet the Artist evening that features emerging photographers from 35 countries — an amazing evening that is free and open to the public, November 13.

Paris Photo 2012 Preview: 276 photos on the art market today


Daniel Naud, Africanis 2, Strydenburg, 1 April 2008
Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg

Lens Culture is pleased to present a high-resolution slideshow preview of 276 photographs that will be featured at Paris Photo 2012 in November. carrera de fotografia . This is the largest and most important photography art fair in Europe so in many ways, this is what the international art market looks like right now for photography. carrera de fotografia .