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In Amsterdam, a Photo Festival ‘Unseen’

This fall, Amsterdam—known for its innovative photo community— will welcome a new photography festival to its Dutch district. Called Unseen, the festival hopes to be a festival that, well, viewers have never seen before, with a focus on new and emerging talent as well as an aim to showcase never-before-seen work from established favorites including Richard Avedon, Steven Klein, Helmut Newton and Edward Steichen, among others.

Taking place from Sept. 19-23 at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek, the fair comprises more than 50 galleries hailing from around the world. With photography from places as diverse as Japan and New York, Dubai and Finland, the scope of the work will range from documentary to conceptual to experimental. Highlights include Miles Aldridge’s Immaculee #3 (Red Madonna), 2012, which reaffirms the long standing relationship between photography and iconographic painting, but pushes the boundary of what we expect as a viewer by asking the virgin figure to maintain eye contact and acknowledge the image maker. Also of interest is Zanzibar, 2010, by Chloe Sells. The American photographer explores the idea of land and nostalgia through her experimental darkroom C-prints. Colorful and graphic with bold colors and strong shapes, yet abstract and ambiguous, her images inspire thoughts of place and placelessness.

While there are many photography fairs around the world, Unseen works to offer a few additions to the typical fair. There will be a collection of affordable photographs, all priced under 1,000 euro (approximately $1280), to both help young photographers reach a new audience, as well as allow the young collector, or photography appreciator to invest in affordable work. And for the book connoisseur, Offprint Amsterdam will be at the fair, curating a new collection of self published and limited edition books.

You can learn more about the galleries featured and the day-to-day events here. Unseen is a project initiated by Foam, Platform A and Vandejong.

Pictures of the Week: August 31 – September 7

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From an eruption on the sun and the death of Rev. Fotografia . Sun Myung Moon in South Korea toRedhead Day in the Netherlands and students heading back to school around the world, TIME presents the best images of the week.

Isabelle Pateer, Empty Box

Isabelle Pateer, Empty Box

Isabelle Pateer

Empty Box,
Doel, Belgium, 2010
From the Unsettled (2007 – 2012) series
Website – IsabellePateer.com

Isabelle Pateer (b. 1980, The Netherlands) is a fine art documentary photographer based in Antwerp, Belgium. Her Unsettled series, a long-term project that questions the worldwide phenomenon of industrial expansions and its consequences, was awarded, published and exhibited internationally with a project grant from the Dutch ‘Anna Cornelis Foundation in 2010. A book publication of Unsettled is scheduled for winter 2012 – 2013.


450 of 500 Photographers have been featured on this website. 9/10th completed and 1/10th still to come.
To celebrate this milestone I would like to make you an offer you can’t refuse. During the period of the next 50 photographers up until the completion of this website I’m offering my personal and signed photography book ‘I believe in 88’ at a 38% discount; it’s an opportunity to support this website. Update 27-04: The package includes some cool 500 Photographers stickers.

Short project statement: “After a violent encounter with a group of neo-nazis at the age of 14 where Pieter Wisse was stabbed in the stomach, he decided to take a closer look at the daily life of the people who call themselves neo-nazis in former East Germany, a group of people at the edge of our society.”

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Martin Roemers, Karachi, Pakistan

Martin Roemers, Karachi, Pakistan

Martin Roemers

Karachi, Pakistan,
, 2011
From the Metropolis series
Website – MartinRoemers.com

Martin Roemers (b.1962) studied photography at the Academy of Arts in Enschede, The Netherlands. His photos have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Newsweek. Roemers’ photographs are held in public, private and corporate collections including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and The Ford Foundation in New York. He has been working on two long-term projects: Metropolis, about life in Megacities, and The Eyes of War, about people who were blinded as a result of World War II. In 2009 his book Relics of the Cold War was published by Hatje Cantz. He is a member of Panos Pictures and lives in The Netherlands. A selection of work from Metropolis is on view at Anastasia Photo Gallery in New York through April 8, 2012. 

All-new issue of Lens Culture contemporary photography online now!

We’re thrilled to announce that an all-new issue of Lens Culture, featuring outstanding contemporary photography from all over the world, is online now — free!

Discover intriguing work from Japan, France, Algeria, The Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, Singapore, the United States, Panama, Iran, the UK, India, and the Caspian Sea. This edition presents reviews of some great new photobooks, as well as thoughtful commentaries from many of the photographers. Enjoy!

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Special thanks to all of the contributing artists and writers, as well as to our small, dedicated staff here at Lens Culture: Samantha, Christian, Catherine and Millie.

Photographer #407: Francisco Reina

Francisco Reina, 1979, Spain, is a politically and socially-engaged conceptual photographer based in The Netherlands. In his project The Art of Power he meticulously manipulated architectural elements that depict political institutions, making them into impenetrable structures. We see the  ruling institutions of today as rational enterprises who’s interest should be to further the interest of their societies as a whole. Francisco strongly believes that this notion is not always rooted in reality and that the leaders of our world are gradually becoming an elite class primarily concerned with defending its own interests. The series called Strauss’ Legacy focuses on “the so-called neoconservatives and the way in which their presence in the American presidential administration on September 11, 2001 shaped events.”  He created images that through a conceptual way takes a close look at “the role of multinational corporations in a conflict which began under the name “Operation Enduring Freedom” and turned into a perfect market niche for multi-million dollar earnings.” His work has been exhibited mainly in Spain, but also in The Netherlands and New York. The following images come from the series The Art of Power, Strauss’ Legacy and The Silent Enigma.

Website: www.franciscoreina.com

Photographer #394: Jan Banning

Jan Banning, 1954, The Netherlands, was born from Dutch-East-Indies immigrant parents. He studied Social and Economic History at the University of Nijmegen. His work is a mixture of photojournalism, documentary and fine-art photography. He has released an impressive amount of photography books. His most recent monograph is Comfort Women, a series of portraits of Indonesian women who were victims of forced sexual labor during the second World War. During the war the Japanese military set up a system for sex slavery, forcing women into prostitution in military brothels. Most of the women suffered physical and emotional consequences ever since. In 2008 he introduced the book Bureaucratics, showing offices of members of the executive in various services and levels. The offices have been photographed in eight different countries on five different continents. The project was done with a writer; Will Tinnemans. As they would come by unannounced, Will would interview the employees, keeping them from tidying up the office. For the book Traces of War: Survivors of the Burma and Sumatra Railways he portrayed Dutch and Indonesian men who all worked as forced labor for the Japanese during World War II. They had to build the Burma or Sumatra railroads in miserable conditions leading to the death of many of them. The following images come from the series Comfort Women, Bureaucratics and Traces of War: Survivors of the Burma and Sumatra Railways.

Website: www.janbanning.com