Lens Culture: Conversations with Photographers

  1. American photographer Roger Ballen has been living and photographing in South Africa since the late 1970s. His photographs have caused international controversy and debate ever since his book, "Platteland", was published in the 1990s. "Platteland" was filled with raw, direct, disturbing photographs of poor white people in South Africa whose lives had been marginalized by the Apartheid government.

    Since that "bombshell" of a photobook hit the scene, Ballen's work has slowly evolved to become much more abstract and introspective (but no less disturbing). His education in psychology, and his background as a working geologist, have informed his work as much as his early childhood exposure to the work of the great Magnum photographers.

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  2. British Photographer Simon Roberts chooses to embark on long-term, in-depth visual studies of people and the places they live. He describes his work as socio-documentary photography recording signs of visual anthropology.

    His first year-long study of contemporary Russia and Russians in 2005 was published in 2007 as the highly-acclaimed photobook "Motherland".

    For his second multi-year project, he chose to focus on the idea of "Leisure" in all corners of his own country, England. The resulting book, "We English", was just published in October 2009.

    Simon Roberts spoke with Lens Culture editor Jim Casper about his work in this interview recorded in November 2009.

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  3. French photographer Klavdij Sluban talks about the photography workshops he leads for teenagers who are imprisoned in juvenile jails around the world. 8 min, 30 sec.

    This is the first in a series of video interviews with photographers for Lens Culture, an international online magazine about contemporary photography — lensculture.com

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  4. The Iranians document their Green Movement
    123 images chosen and commented by Paolo Woods

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  5. © Jock McDonald 2008 jockmcdonald.com via lensculture.com

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"Lens Culture: Conversations with Photographers" presents interviews with some of the most creative, inventive and passionate contemporary photographers from around the world.

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"Lens Culture: Conversations with Photographers" presents interviews with some of the most creative, inventive and passionate contemporary photographers from around the world.

Hear the photographers discuss their visions, philosophies, and working methods. Discover the wide range of ways people use photography in art, media, documentary photography and personal expression throughout diverse modern global cultures.

Learn more about these photographers -- and discover hundreds of others -- at lensculture.com

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