Overview of LensWork Publishing

The premise of LensWork is that photography is more than mere craft. Photography is, or can be, a way of life. Beyond cameras and equipment, beyond film and chemistry, beyond pixels and technology lie the mysteries of the creative life shared by those who strive to communicate and express themselves clearly – fine art photographers, commercial photographers, amateurs and professionals.

LensWork is an exploration of the path of creative photography. Through an exchange of ideas, insight, personal experience, and opinions it is hoped LensWork will inspire photographic artists to create work which truly bears their signature.

The focus of LensWork is ideas as well as images, imagination rather than imitation, and an understanding of photography beyond craft. For those looking for a more technically oriented publication, we refer you to one of the many excellent photographic books or magazines currently available.

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LensWork (print edition, bimonthly periodical)

LensWork is a 96-page, 7x8½” paperback magazine — a book-quality, paper-based, anthology-style periodical publication which focuses on photography and the creative process. Each issue featuring articles, interviews, and photographic portfolios. Non-technical and non-academic, with emphasis on the creative aspects of photography, LensWork is published six times a year and is available by subscription. Back issues are available from the publisher while supplies last. Here is an introductory video about LensWork.

The LensWork Library on DVD-ROM is a complete set of back issues of LensWork issues #1-56, perpetually available even after the paperback magazines are long sold out. These Acrobat PDF format computer files are exact replications of the actual magazine pages that can be read on-screen or printed to your desktop printer. The DVD-ROM can be played on Mac or Windows-based systems. It requires only the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. There is no other installation, setup or software required.

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LensWork EXTENDED (multimedia edition on computer DVD, bimonthly periodical)

In each issue of LensWork Extended we include the entire content of the print version of LensWork plus more portfolio, more images, audio and video, and special features. In particular, we can include all the images from the portfolios that appear in LensWork without the compromise imposed by the restricted page count of print publications. Using the universal Acrobat PDF format on these computer discs, there is enough room for hundreds of images and extended text in addition to audio and video elements not possible in paper. This revolutionary new publishing technology offers us the opportunity to share with you so much additional content that simply won’t fit in the 96 pages of LensWork on paper. You’ve asked for more; LensWork Extended is more and then some. Here is an introductory video about LensWork Extended.

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Education about Photography and the Creative Process

In addition to our two main periodical publications, we also offer books, workshops on disc, downloadable tutorials, podcasts, blogs, and other publishing projects that can help in your own creative process. Most of our readers are photographers themselves, often long-time practitioners on their own creative path. Our mission statement proposes that photography is a way of life.

"Beyond cameras and equipment, beyond film and chemistry, beyond pixels and technology lie the mysteries of the creative life shared by those who strive to communicate and express themselves clearly — fine-art photographers, commercial photographers, amateurs, and professionals. LensWork is an exploration of the path of creative photography. Through an exchange of ideas, insights, personal experience, and opinions, it is hoped that LensWork will inspire photographic artists to create work which truly bears their signature."

To this end, we are constantly exploring new topics, offering a variety of publications in both traditional and new media. An index to these products is available here.

Fine Art

The LensWork Special Editions and Folios are a great way to collect photography that speaks to you even if your budget is, well, smaller than that of the elite museums, universities, and well-funded collectors. Working with LensWork alumni and their images you've seen in our publications, we offer Fine Art Photography at Real People Prices™. These prints are made by us to the photographers exacting standards, approved by them as reproduction prints of their collectible originals.

If you are looking for investment quality originals, the photographers or their galleries are your best choice. LensWork Special Editions are produced for those who value the experience of owning and viewing prints but not at the cost of the typical gallery prices. Our folios of 10-15 prints range from $100-$200 for the set. In addition to our folios, we offer other prints individually for only $20.

And, because our prints are produced individually on Epson printers, we offer both color and black-and-white images. Here is an index page of our current fine art offerings.

 

Contact information

LensWork Publishing is a company dedicated to bringing its readers quality photography and creative and inspirational ideas about photography and the creative process.