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Several super success stories for photographer Michael Marten

Congratulations to British photographer Michael Marten. His remarkable new photobook Sea Change: A Tidal Journey Around Britain was just published by Kehrer Verlag. The book features diptychs taken from the same point during high tide and during low tide (often just 6 hours and 20 minutes apart).

He met his publisher last year at Lens Culture FotoFest Paris portfolio reviews. And, coincidentally, earlier in 2011, Marten won the Grand Prize in the Portfolio Category of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards.

He also has a one-man show coming up at [email protected] in London on 26 September. Cheers!



© Michael Marten, from his series, and new book, Sea Change.
Salmon fishery, Solway Firth, Galloway. 27 and 28 March 2006.
Low water 5.20 pm, high water 12 noon.

YOU can still enter your photographs and multimedia to win one of Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2012: lensculture.com/awards. Deadline is September 16, 2012.

AND you can still register for portfolio reviews in Paris (November 12-13-14, 2012): fotofest-paris.com.

Great work deserves to be seen all around the world!

New — Lens Culture Curated Online Photobook Shop

We love photobooks, and whenever we can, we browse and buy at our local bookshops. We also shop online for those titles that are hard to find. Now there is a simple way for you to help support Lens Culture while shopping for those hard-to-find photobooks.


If you shop on Amazon for photo books, camera equipment, gifts, or anything else at all, please consider using this link to Amazon. Lens Culture will earn a small commission on everything you purchase, and that will help us a lot.


You can find more than 100 photobook reviews on Lens Culture, and we’ve just created an easy way for you to browse and shop right here for a lot of the books we like. We’ll be adding new reviews and new titles as often as we can. Cheers!

The Last Nights at The Western

In the world of casinos, you don’t think of Mom & Pop joints, but of mega-sized names like Wynn, Trump and Caesar. Jackie Gaughn and the Western Hotel & Casino don’t usually come to mind. But for gamblers living along Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, the Western was an institution, and a cheap one at that: $1 shots, $1 Coors Draft, $1 craps, $2 blackjack.

A Week at The Western Hotel – Las Vegas, NV. from Facing Change on Vimeo.

When it was built in 1970, the Western was the country’s largest bingo parlor. It soon became the kind of place where all the regulars knew each other, like the gambler’s version of Cheers. But as Las Vegas became supersized, the Western slowly lost ground. Gaughn, who owned the Western since it opened, sold it in 2004. And as the rest of downtown Las Vegas was reinventing itself, the Western stuck out like a desert artifact—the same reason it remained popular among the hotel and casino’s loyalists.

In November 2010, photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally spent 10 days shooting the Western, capturing the colorful and eclectic characters within the hotel. “I felt as though I knew every one immediately though I had never been there before,” she says. But by Monday, the Western had closed its doors, its rooms boarded up and its casino floor silent. The closing will make way for further redevelopment of the Fremont East District. But it’s unlikely that Las Vegas will see the likes of the Western again. “I cried when I heard that it was closing,” Kenneally says. “It was a place that you were just happy knowing existed—like the world that could sustain a place like The Western was a better world.”

Brenda Ann Kenneally is a Brooklyn-based photographer and founder of The Raw File. See more of her work here.

Josh Sanburn is a reporter-producer at TIME. Follow him on Twitter @joshsanburn.

LightBox’s Top 10 Posts of 2011

After an epic news year, it’s hard to believe that LightBox is less than a year old. Since the New Year is a fitting time for resolutions and self-assessments, we wanted to look back at which posts our readers viewed the most in 2011.

We began LightBox with the idea of engaging readers in a dialogue about the culture of photography and educating people on how images are made. Herewith, a countdown of our most popular posts.

Please let us know what you’d like to see more of in 2012. We thank you for visiting the blog and look forward to your continued support in the New Year. Our resolution is to bring you even more great photography in 2012, and continue to inspire and inform you each day.


The Editors of LightBox

PS: Look out for a special New Year’s Eve post that will go live at midnight!

White Shadow (positive/negative) photo series by Tono Stano

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. Wedding Cakes Atlanta . Lens Culture is pleased to present a dozen of our favorite images from Stano’s series titled White Shadow.

The video at the bottom of this blog entry offers an inspiring behind-the-scenes look at the artist at work in his studio. laser spine institute . Cheers!


From the series White Shadow Tono Stano


From the series White Shadow Tono Stano


From the series White Shadow Tono Stano

Old Glory and Old Dogs across America


Joey, 9-1/2 years old, Hawthorne, New Jersey.
From the series Senior Dogs Across America Nancy LeVine

As America celebrates Flag Day, we’re also saluting old dogs in America.

Check out this series of great portraits of Senior Dogs Across America by photographer Nancy LeVine. drug treatment center .


Photos: Fotografiska – Lens Culture Portfolio Reviews 2011 Stockholm



Last week, 35 international photography experts and 100 serious photographers from 15 countries gathered at the Swedish Museum of Photography (Fotografiska) in Stockholm for a series of one-on-one meetings, lectures, exhibitions, workshops and more.

Our first annual international portfolio review event in Sweden offered tremendous opportunities for every participant to meet, network, make friends, and talk about important issues touching on the business of photography, art, photojournalism, book publishing, magazines, marketing, the impact of the internet on the world of photography, and more.

Roundtable discussions covered topics about art galleries, photo festivals, collectors, and innovative new ways for photographers to pursue their passions with creativity and savvy business sense.

Fotografiska is a beautiful, comfortable, inviting setting. Each day’s events were planned and organized to make the most of this remarkable gathering of passionate people. So, it was intense, exhilarating, fun, inspiring, and even a bit exhausting. But everyone left filled with ideas, and lots of connections with colleagues and new friends from around the world.

Here is a slideshow of 101 snapshots from our time together.

Thanks to the photographers and expert reviewers who participated, and to the volunteers and hardworking staffs of Fotografiska and Lens Culture who made it happen. Cheers!

Now, we’re gearing up for our next international portfolio review in Paris this November 7-8-9, 2011. Sign up for our mailing list for the latest information!

Opening party photos: Gallery 291 in San Francisco

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The premiere opening of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards show at Gallery 291 in San Francisco was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who came out on a magical night in one of our favorite cities. The show of award-winning photographs by 31 contemporary photographers continues through Saturday April 30. Come to say hello and to discover some great talents from all over the world.

From here, the exhibition travels to galleries in New York and Paris. Cheers!

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Thanks to San Francisco-based photographer Stella Kalaw for taking lots of fun photos during the evening. More photos by Stella and by photographer Stan Lipsitz (Thanks, Stan!) on Lens Culture’s Facebook site: http://on.fb.me/LCAwards.


You can also preview the entire exhibition catalog online (and then buy one, please!) at Blurb. And, last but not least, details about each of the winning photographers, including their website addresses are here at Lens Culture.