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July 7, 2014

Brooks Jensen – Looking at Images


Copyright the photographers 2014 published by LensWork Publishing

Brooks Jensen is the Editor and Publisher of the LensWork journal and almost exclusively is focusing on Black and White photography. The bi-monthly journal is released concurrently in a print edition and a DVD that contains additional portfolios and audio interviews of the artist by Jensen.

Jensen also publishes a blog, also titled Looking at Images, where he provide extensive homilies about a singular image selected from the LensWork journal portfolios. Jensen has carefully selected a broad group of his published essays which provides the material for this book. In this book, Jensen’s photographic commentaries are sequenced alphabetically as to the photographer work that he is discussing. Each photograph and photographer being discussed is provided a two page spread with the photograph on one page which faces Jensen’s commentary on the other.

I am very honored that Jensen has selected one of my images from the In Passing project which was published in the #74 issue (January/February 2008) on page 252 and 253. This is the same photograph and a similar commentary that Jensen wrote about on his Looking at Images blog in 2010. I have known that Jensen was immediately taken by this image from the early days of my submission, as he had quickly asked if I would be open to a print exchange for one of his. That deal was a no brainier as I had been earlier intrigued by one his photographs, so we did the print swap. I guess you can say with Jensen as a collector of my work, this photograph keeps resurfacing in a very nice way. Likewise, the publication of In Passing in LensWork was a great validation of this somewhat controversial project and led to my subsequent publication of In Passing in a hardcover book through Blurb (Now sold out and out of Print).

As an insight to how Jensen categorized his commentaries, my image is a warmed toned black and white, not a pure black and white photograph, thus my photograph is grouped in the Colored Images section of the book, as were a number of other toned images. Which may seem odd as my print color is very close to all of the slightly warm selenium toning photographs printed in LensWork.

A couple of other Left-Coast photographers that are included are Hiroshi Watanabe, Aline Smithson, Ray Carfano and Larry Wiese of the 122 commentaries published. There is a strong emphasis on Modern Black and White Photography, there are some interesting Contemporary Black and White photographs included to make this a fairly diverse body of commentaries.

As a book object, the stiff cover book has a decent heft for the 264 pages and I am assuming from the high quality of the printing (another forte of LensWork), that this book was printed and bound by the same Vancouver, Canada printers that print the LensWork journal. Jensen has also included a QR code with each commentary that links to an audio file about this photograph and topic.


Douglas Stockdale






  1. […] I have posted a expanded article about this book on The PhotoBook. […]

    Pingback by Brooks Jensen – Looking at Images | The Photo Exchange — July 7, 2014 @ 4:44 am

  2. Nice pictures, and awesome book choice

    Comment by amazieadvicy — July 7, 2014 @ 5:36 am

  3. Reblogged this on Phillza Kasai's decadence.

    Comment by phillzakasai — July 8, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

  4. I don’t much about photography leave alone B&W photography but B&W photographs have the quality of making me nostalgic and longing for something bygone that even I cannot fathom as to what I was looking for. The book of B&W photographs must be good.

    Comment by Nong-E — August 14, 2014 @ 5:10 am

  5. Love your blog! Very interesting. Check me out!

    Comment by TheValid — September 11, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

  6. […] Portland, OR) and one image, Winter Field, Route 30, Indiana was published in Brooks Jensen’s Looking at Images in […]

    Pingback by In Passing – Lest I Forget | Doug Stockdale's Singular Images — November 1, 2015 @ 11:09 pm

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