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. Lens Culture is pleased to present a dozen of our favorite images from Stano's series titled White Shadow.
This (silent) video offers an inspiring behind-the-scenes look at the artist at work in his studio.
Swedish photographer Anders Petersen was elected Photographer of the Year at the Rencontres d'Arles in 2003. In 2007, he was one of the four world finalists in the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Now, in Lens Culture, he generously shares 20 new photos, and talks about his work and life in an insightful and compelling 18 minute audio interview.
Ever-relentless in his pursuit of joy with photography, Stephen Gill chose to collaborate with a physical place this time — not only photographing it, but also then burying his photographic prints in the same general location to see what the place would add (or subtract). The results are, well, earthy and conceptual, to say the least.
This new photobook is a collection of accidental mash-ups of overlapping images that first appeared 10 years ago (as single images) in the brilliant, anarchic photobook, Ghetto, by the creative duo Adam Broomberg & Olivier Chanarin. You have to see it to appreciate the irony, artfulness and humor of these chance creations.