The Best of LensCulture, Volume 1

The Best of LensCulture, Volume 1 (Schilt Publishing, 2017)

 © Justine Tjallinks

© Gareth Bragdon

© Matic Zorman

"The language of photography continues to get more interesting and more complex as it becomes the most universal medium of communication worldwide.” – Jim Casper, founder of LensCulture

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LensCulture's first book, The Best of LensCulture, Volume 1 (Schilt Publishing, 2017) features contemporary photographers from all over the world, discovered during four of LensCulture’s annual competitions. Not only are these photographers geographically diverse, but their work encompasses many different genres.

For those of you who don't know, LensCulture is a global network and online magazine. For new, emerging and established photographers– it means exposure. THE place to be seen. "For almost 10 years, LensCulture has become one of the most authoritative resources for contemporary photography – currently reaching a monthly audience of over 2 million people around the world. They have been committed to discovering and promoting the best of the global photography community. They look for exciting work from every continent, and from diverse points of view: documentary, fine art, nature, photojournalism, activism, street photography, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human. LensCulture International Exposure Awards, now in their 5th year, are granted yearly to discover, reward, and promote new, emerging, and established photographers from around the world."

"The range of work in this book is wide and diverse—from portraits to street photography, photojournalism, personal stories, documentary, fine art, fictional narratives, poetic beauty and abstraction. Their images will take you on a tour of the world and introduce you to people, cultures, historic events and the wonders of nature. Their imagery will also help you appreciate the richness of photography itself as a powerful creative language in all its variety. Who are the people practicing this profound universal language with “fluency” in our image  saturated world today? This book attempts to answer that question. The editors of this volume believe it takes the critical eyes of curators and experts in the field to discover and celebrate true excellence, finding those images that stand out from the crowd and deserve our considered attention."

"The photographers were discovered through four international photography competitions sponsored by LensCulture in the past year. These awards attract entries from photographers all over the world—individuals who have chosen the medium of photography as the best way to communicate and share their experiences, personal visions and points of view. This book is designed as a resource for inspiration, a reference guide, and a point of departure that will allow you to discover amazing photographs and stories." 

Design: Heijdens Karwei, Amsterdam.
ISBN 978 90 5330 862 2
Schilt Publishing 

  © Martin Venezky, Barbara Levine

© Frank Herfort

Many thanks to Schilt Publishing for much of the text and images. And to LensCulture's Jim Casper for his enormous efforts in discovering and showcasing the world’s best new, emerging and established contemporary photographers and multi-media creators, and bringing them into our lives.

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