While sifting through thousands of news photos in the past week, TIME’s photo editors noticed a theme: umbrellas. From Mumbai to Manila, shots of people seeking cover from wet and windy weather seemed to be everywhere. And where the sun was out, umbrellas were there too to provide shade and shelter during the summer solstice on June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere. Here TIME presents a selection of recent images from the past few days.
Discover an eclectic mix of great new contemporary photography in the lastest edition of Lens Culture — online now at www.lensculture.com!
Some highlights from the new issue:
Photographer Peter Dench contributes a great photo-essay about depraved drinking habits of people in the UK.
Jeroen Toirkens takes us on a multi-continent search for the last living nomadic peoples in the Northern Hemisphere.
A new exhibition in Moscow features six contemporary photographers from Georgia.
Prix Pictet winner Mitch Epstein presents his award-winning work, American Power.
Swiss/French artist Corinne Vionnet weaves together small sections of the appropriated tourist snapshots found on the web, to create layered, ethereal structures.
A great retrospective book of nearly a century’s worth of photos from the Scurlock Studios celebrates the vibrant life of African Americans in Washington DC.
Stephen Mayes writes about Gazi Nafis Ahmed’s series of same-sex couples and tough kids on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Peter Ainsworth presents a series of abstract photographs of artful scratches, splotches, scribbles and accidental marks found underneath one of the ring roads of North London.
French artist Alban Lecuyer creates photomontages of old European buildings at the moment they are deliberately imploded.
Plus much more… including reviews of some notable new photobooks, and six years of archives, articles, and interviews with photographers.
See us in San Francisco — April 28, 2011
Join us for a glass of wine and some great photography at Gallery 291, for the premiere showing of “31 Contemporary Photographers” featuring the winners of Lens Culture International Exposure Awards.
See us in Sweden — May 27-28, 2011
Our next international portfolio review event is a partnership with Fotografiska, the Swedish Museum of Photography in Stockholm, on May 27-28, 2011. Registration is limited to 100 photographers. Full details at the Stockholm Photography Week website: spwk.eu