I have been a subscriber to LensWork for quite some time, and was honored to have my work published in it a few years back. It has maintained a very high quality in both content and in its production, especially the print edition. I wrote about LensWork and its publisher Brooks Jensen in an earlier post to celebrate their 100th issue and mentioned there, and will repeat again, how I got the folio idea from him and how “officially jealous” I was after seeing his “Made of Steel” monograph.
In the last issue of LensWork which came about a week ago Brooks wrote his usual Editor’s Comments with the title “Formulas For Success,” thus the title of this post. I read that with interest and with full agreement; it articulated the issues I have been talking about with my friends, at photo clubs, and in my writing. I wrote an e-mail to him and asked if he would mind either posting that on LensWork Daily or allow me to repost it with his permission since his word would carry more weight. Well, he has done one better! To inaugurate their new format of the LensWork Extended Tablet Edition, they made the issue available as a free download until the end of January. (Right-click on the previous link and choose to save it.) I strongly urge you to get a copy (the price is right) and read the Editor’s Comments column first. The rest of the publication will keep you busy for quite a while with excellent content. I am not sure, however, about the new layout and will probably write about that later on.
While on the subject, I also would like to bring to your attention of several other things. On his personal Web site, Brooks Jensen Arts, he has many examples of his work and quite a few that you can download to enjoy on your computer or tablet. Over the years, I have accumulated some of his work both in print and digital format and still enjoy reading or looking at his photographs. While there, take a look at his books which are now available in digital format. I have all of them in print and enjoyed every one of them. Not because what he tells you, but mainly because what he makes you think. Well worth the visit.
Brooks also writes and publishes podcasts, audio or sometimes in video format, on LensWork Daily Web site. In addition to podcasts and LensWork Alumni News, you will also find interesting content and you will get a chance to see a diverse collection of photography from photographers you may not get a chance to know otherwise.
I also subscribe to LensWork Online, which has tons of content including digital editions of his books, many interviews, visual workshops with hours of video content. I had some misgivings about its presentation and told Brooks about it, but I still subscribed to it and use it.
I have no idea how big or small an operation LensWork is. But, I do know that its publisher is committed to the art of photography, very high content and printing standards, and has managed to do so for many years. People and organizations like Brooks Jensen, his team, and LensWork are essential to maintain the integrity of photography in this age of photographic glut where over 1 billion photographs are uploaded to the Internet every DAY. If you have not seen one of my recent posts, Wishes For 2015, you may want to take a look at it, or review the section about photography again.