Cai Dongdong – History of Life

Cai Dongdong History of Life Captured through the eyes of ordinary Chinese citizens before, during, and after the cultural revolution and curated by one of China’s most talented visual artist…

Captured through the eyes of ordinary Chinese citizens before, during, and after the cultural revolution and curated by one of China’s most talented visual artists, “History of Life” presents a fascinating story on the determination of the human spirit. A collection of 415 restored photographs chronicling the history of modern China from the 1910s to the late 1990s.

Primal Sight - Photographs by various artists | Book review by Magali Duzant | LensCulture

Curated by Efrem Zelony-Mindell, this book surveys the rich and elastic world of black-and-white photography via the works of over 140 artists and essays from Zelony-Mindell, David Campany, and Gregory Eddi-Jones

Weaving its way from landscape to portrait, still life to assemblage, Primal Sight takes a near encyclopedic approach to sight itself. From Ally Caple’s quiet but forceful portrait Jasmine in Home Studio to Anastasia Samoylova’s dimensional Black and White Mountain, the viewer is led through multiple iterations of what a photograph can be. A survey, whether an exhibition or a book, is a hard format to get right. What is enough and how much is too much?
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A Photographer’s View from Inside a Brooklyn Junior High

Puppy love, cafeteria jousting, and other scenes from a public school in Bushwick in the eighties and early nineties.

Between 1981 and 1994, the photographer Meryl Meisler worked as an art teacher in Bushwick, Brooklyn, at Roland Hayes Intermediate School 291. In a new book, “New York: PARADISE LOST Bushwick Era Disco,” out in June, she collects photos that she took of her students and colleagues during those years—the Menudo fans, the puppy love, the cafeteria jousting, the sneaker style, and a bit of teacher trash-talking. “The students were on the pulse of popular culture, exuded youthful pride, and could challenge one’s wits,” she said recently. Meisler (who’d previously photographed the disco scene and her own family on Long Island) eventually moved to a school in Manhattan, where she continued to teach—and take pictures—until 2010. Her photography from three decades inside the city’s public schools is her largest unseen body of work. “I still get teacher nightmares,” she said.

The harder the composition, the better the image: Katie Burnett on her experimental new book Cabin Fever

The London-based photographer is always up for a challenge, and her new book – made in lockdown and published by Art Paper Editions – proves just that.

Katie Burnett never thought she’d become a photographer. Instead, she found herself naturally gravitating towards art, making things in her spare time from a small town in Missouri. “I am very dyslexic so, for me, painting, drawing and making things were always what I excelled in at school,” she tells It’s Nice That

Do Blue-Chip Photographers Prop up Global Capitalism?

In his recent manifesto, Jörg Colberg takes aim at three prominent photographers for their "visual propaganda."

That said, what are the “identical” mechanisms Colberg suggests that link these artists to their socialist-realist predecessors? Leibovitz, Crewdson, and Gursky produce a kind of capitalist propaganda that, like socialist realism, “does not aim to depict an actually existing reality but instead presents a code that can be read by its intended spectators.” Colberg derives his description of socialist realism from art historian Boris Groys, who suggests that this code entails stories about heroes, demons, transcendental events, and real-world consequences that serve the messaging needs of the powerful. In this formulation, Colberg’s neoliberal realists make images that perpetuate, or even celebrate, unjust power structures.

Donna Ferrato: HOLY - LENSCRATCH

Holy is forged from one woman’s outrage against a woman-hating world. Donna Ferrato’s radical photographs showcase the remarkable ways women survive, endure, and change. Holy depicts women who prevail. Holy is an invitation to understand denigration, abus

Jason Langer: Twenty Years - LENSCRATCH

“Jason seems to have absorbed the entirety of photo history, particularly the so-called “New York School”, identified by historian Jane Livngstone in her book of that title from the early 1990’s: Arbus; Avedon; Brodovitch; Croner; Davidson; Donaghy; Faure

Six years ago, I wrote a review of Jason Langer’s book, 20 Years, published by Radius Books. When we featured the book, I didn’t have the book in hand. Much to my delight, Jason recently sent me a copy and I decided to revisit the project after spending time with his stellar monograph, which still can be purchased here. An interview with Jason follows..

The Twenty Years War

Peter van Agtmael has been documenting the Twenty Year War since its very beginning. I first spoke with him in 2007 and then again ten years later. He has published a number of books, all of them essential records of a country too embroiled in its own senseless militarism to recognise the folly of it all. There’s Disco Night Sept. 11, there is Buzzing at the Sill, and now there is Sorry for the War.

Nick Meyer: The Local - LENSCRATCH

Photographer Nick Meyer has created a remarkable body of work with his powerful project and new book published by MACK, The Local. It’s a collection of unrelenting seeing from a perspective of compassion and familiarity with place, but also a keen sensiti