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It’s always worth a visit when a new edition of Lensculture goes on line and the latest is no exception. Not that I find everything on it of interest, one of its attractions is its eclectic nature.

Among the pieces I think particularly worth looking at are Reinaldo Loureiro‘s precise and often almost symmetric square images of “the social and economic landscape of the Spanish greenhouse plains of Almeria” in his ‘Out of Season‘ and Edmund Clark‘s very different but equally precise ‘If the Light Goes Out: Home from Guantanamo‘ which finds something very new to say about this blot on the conscience of that part of America that still has one. Clark’s work is in three parts in a deliberately disjointed edit which jumps between the home of the American community in the naval basem the camps where the detainees have been held and the homes where former detainees are trying to rebuild their lives. You can see more of Clark’s work on his web site and read my post about his earlier book Still Life: Killing Time.

Another pleasant surprise was the work of Ara Güler (born 1928 in Istanbul, of Armenian descent), the leading Turkish photographer of his generation. After his military service he began work for a Turkish magazine in the early 1950s and began working for Time-Life in 1956 and Paris Match and Stern in 1958. During this period he met Henri Cartier-Bresson and became a member of Magnum. A search under “Ara Guler” on the Magnum web site returns over 500 images by him as well as 4 pictures of him by James A Fox (at the bottom of the last page.)

In 2009 he received the award for lifetime achievement in the Lucie Awards.  Although I remember seeing some of his pictures before, I have to admit that I had forgotten all about this photographer and it was good to see the work again.  There is an 8 minute video of his work on YouTube, and some details of his life on Turkish Culture.

Another Magnum photographer in this issue of Lensculture is considerably better-known to me. There are only  half a dozen images from the latest book,  In Whose Name? by Abbas on Lensculture, but you can of course see more of his work at Magnum.

These for me were among the the highlights, and there are some more great things (including Dana Popa who I’ve already written about) as well as just a few things I found lacked interest, but you may well have different tastes. But as always it’s certainly worth looking at Lensculture.

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