The 2021 Family Gatherings Exhibition - LENSCRATCH

Happy Thanksgiving! After two years of covid and quaranting, this wonderful exhibition of family gatherings past and present, remind us of what is important: being with ones you love, being thankful for the goodness in the world, and enjoying a meal toget

TIME's Top 100 Photos of 2021

In a time of transition and uncertainty, these images defined the year

emember when people thought it was the year? That 2020 was uniquely cursed, the worst year ever, that all would be resolved by January. Instead, 2021 has proved to be a fraught annum of unfinished transitions, half-kept promises, all torque and in-betweens. The world got moving again, yes, but not for very long and seldom together. From the U.S. to India, COVID-19 killed more people this year than last. Parts of the globe were held back by lack of access to a vaccine. Other parts (the richer parts) held themselves back by failing to access a shared reality.

Sophie Calle and the Art of Leaving a Trace

The French artist has attained celebrity—and attracted controversy—by pursuing the objects of her obsession. What is she really after?

In February, 1981, the French artist Sophie Calle took a job as a hotel maid in Venice. In the course of three weeks, with a camera and tape recorder hidden in her mop bucket, she recorded whatever she found in the rooms that she had been charged with cleaning. She looked through wallets and transcribed unsent postcards, photographed the contents of wastebaskets and inventoried the clothes hanging in closets. Her only rule, it seems, was to leave untouched any luggage that owners had had the foresight to lock. That is, unless they also left the luggage key, which, for Calle, was as good as an invitation.

Doris Derby’s Searing, Intimate Photos of the Civil Rights Movement

A book presents more than 110 pictures from Derby’s archive, offering a rich panorama of the key people and places behind the movement.

A Civil Rights Journey (MACK) is a powerful and moving testament to Derby’s years in the American South. The book presents more than 110 pictures from Derby’s archive, offering a rich panorama of the key people and places behind the movement in Mississippi, but also in Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana, where Derby also worked. Now 82, Derby is a retired anthropology professor in Georgia.

Exposed: Photographer John Tully and Thoughts of Bruce Springsteen

An interview with New Hampshire-based photographer John Tully, who tells stories in the backyards and backroads of communities.

There are three reasons that John’s work sent me to thoughts of Springsteen. First, John has a unique approach to light. In fact, it is his use of darkness, the deliberate absence of light, that helps to reveal the essence of his subject matter. One might call the darkness moody. I think of it as isolating the deeper meaning of the images.