Sunday, December 14, 2008

Two Way Lens and Alec Soth

Two Way Lens proudly presents Alec Soth

The last interview for this year is online now. I never expected that my project could grow so wonderful in such a short time and that I could include such great photographers. It was a great pleasure to work with every single one of them. Beside of being an outstanding photographer, everyone is an absolutely charming and nice person.

For the end of season I am excited and happy to add Alec Soth. He spontaneously agreed to answer my questions and we had many very nice and inspiring email contacts.

Thank you very much for your contribution Alec, it is a pleasure to have you in the project.

Please go and visit Two Way Lens and find out what Alec wrote here

For more photographs and a deeper look at the different series, Alec's website is here

Alec Soth, Untitled 11, Bogotá, from Dog Days, Bogotá

Alec Soth, Untitled 41, Bogotá, from Dog Days, Bogotá

Alec Soth, Untitled 53, Bogotá, from Dog Days, Bogotá

Alec Soth, Stacey, South Plains, Texas, 2004, from Portraits

Alec Soth, Danielle, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2004, from Portraits

Alec Soth, Alex, Nicosia, California, 2005, from Portraits

Alec Soth, Jil & Shayne, from Fashion Magazine

Alec Soth, Grand Palais, from Fashion Magazine

© all images Alec Soth

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Ahorn Magazine

Daniel Augschöll and Anya Jasbär are founding a new online magazine dedicated to contemporary photography. It is called AHORN, ready to read on the web every month, beginning from January 2009.

Ahorn is a place to discuss about photography and to discover more about contemporary perspectives with critical awareness. Every month one emerging photographer will be selected for a Solo Show. The magazine will also present, on a regular basis, many interviews with and about established photographers.
The principal aim is to give the readers a tool to know what's happening in contemporary photography, and to offer young photographers an interesting place to bring their work to a wider audience.

AHORN is accepting submissions, find out more about it here

Daniel and Anya are not only the founders of Ahorn Magazine but also great photographers.

The three photos below are from Anya's project HEIMAT
Check out more of her work here

Anya Jasbär, from the series Heimat

Anya Jasbär, from the series Heimat

Anya Jasbär, from the series Heimat
© all images Anya Jasbär

The three photos below are from Daniel's project CELESTIAL PLANISPHERE
Check out more of his work here

Daniel Augschöll, from the series Celestial Planisphere

Daniel Augschöll, from the series Celestial Planisphere

Daniel Augschöll, from the series Celestial Planisphere
© all images Daniel Augschöll

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Too Much Chocolate

Now it's official, Jake Stangel just launched an exciting new project called

Too Much Chocolate

Here is what he writes about it:

Too much chocolate specifically aims to serve and connect young emerging photographers all over the internet.

At this point, we all exist in a hazy internet bubble, not really sure who or what is exactly out there. Sure, we all have a handful of internet photographer friends, and we bounce around on informative blogs, but there is a need for a ‘hub’ where emerging photographers can reach out to one another, have a running dialogue, ask questions, just talk, and feel some sense of collectiveness.

There are three main areas on the site, meant to address the following needs:

- Rotating Gallery: Wouldn’t it be nice to be exposed to a new collection of mind-blowing work every week? How neat would it be if THAT photographer then chose the NEXT week’s artist, then interviewed him/her about their workflow, influencers, style? It would be like an internet photo conga line!

- Discussion: Wouldn’t it be great to know you can participate in a living conversation between photographers, like yourself, that doesn’t die within the week? About anything on your mind? In a nice environment of inclusion, resource-sharing, and philosophical dialogue?

- Interviews: Wouldn’t it be helpful to get the advice of photo editors, art buyers, curators, etc. that is specifically tailored to us, especially when we don’t have the money or desire to send out thousands of promos for a 1% return?

This site is just the beginning of whatever we want it to be come. It’s here for you. Click on my name to email me with ideas, questions, and suggestions.

The first photographer in the rotating gallery is Nich Hance

© Nich Hance

Make sure to visit Too Much Chocolate, fill it with life and spread the word!!!!!

It is a wonderful, exciting project for all of us and has to be supported.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Jake Stangel

I came across the work of photographer Jake Stangel. I really like what he is doing. He has great work on his website. Cool stuff!!!

He is also about to start a new exciting project. I will post more about it as soon as it starts.

His blog is also worth a look. Check it out here

The photographs below are all from his project TRANSAMERICA

This is what he writes about it:

“Transamerica” was a project conceived and shot on two separate cross-country bicycle trips I took in 2007 and 2008. The project, shot on 4x5 and medium format film, aims to capture my travel experiences, as well as the vivid and thoroughly American world that still exists along the backroads of the United States.

Jake Stangel, Jon- Charlottesville, VA

Jake Stangel, Ington, IN

Jake Stangel, Lynn and Sharon- IA

Jake Stangel, Kimberlyn- Akron, OH

Jake Stangel, West Lafayette, IL

Jake Stangel, Shira- Early Winters- WA

All images are from the series "Transamerica" © Jake Stangel

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Two Way Lens and William Greiner

Two Way Lens proudly presents William Greiner

I am exited and happy to be able to add another fantastic photographer to my project.

William spontaneously agreed to be part of Two Way Lens and sent me his answers only a few days after he received my three questions.

It was really a pleasure to work with William on this project. Thanks you for your contribution!!!!!

To find out William's answers just visit Two Way Lens

Don't miss William's Website and his always interesting Blog

William Greiner, Gold Cadillac, Pensacola FL 10/2007 from the series Automatic

William Greiner, Stratford Cows, UK 6/2006 from the series UK is OK

William Greiner, Raised Cottage, Baton Rouge, LA 4/2007 from the series Baton Rouge Blues

William Greiner, Kitchen Mural on Truck, Baton Rouge LA 3/2008

William Greiner, Newspaper in Pond, Slidell LA 1/2008

© all images William Greiner

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Advice to young photographers

Alec Soth wrote a fantastic blog post on the Magnum Blog.

Like I do in my blog Two Way Lens, he asked Magnum photographers about their advice to young photographers. It is a must read and a fantastic source for every photographer.

Read the full article here

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Takashi Murakami in Frankfurt

Yesterday we went to see the Murakami show at the MMK (Museum of modern art Frankfurt) in Frankfurt. The whole museum is turned into a Murakami world and shows only art by the japanese artist. It was really fun to see the show and to watch the movies of Kaikai and Kiki. If you are in Frankfurt or nearby, make sure to see the exhibition.

For more information visit the website of the museum here

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Paris Photo

Michael Werner, Sapeurs Pompiers Paris, 2008

Michael Werner, One for the album, Place du Louvre Paris, 2008

Another big event for Photography opens today. Paris Photo, the worlds premier fair for photography. So, at the moment Europe is the center for photography in the world, which is very exciting not only for us Europeans, but for the whole photography world.

The text from the official website is as follows:

Since it first began more than a decade ago, Paris Photo has won recognition as the world's premier fair for still photography. This unique event offers a panorama of fine art photography from its early days to the present day, and presents a forward-looking overview of global trends and expressions available in this medium.

The 2008 edition, which brings together some one hundred galleries and publishers from around the world, will coincide with Paris Photography Month, making the City of Lights the international epicentre of art photography.

* 40,000 visitors (40 % from abroad).
* 120 exhibitors - galleries, publishers and magazines - from some 20 countries.
* Work by more than 500 international photographers.
* Media coverage with 500 stories in the most prestigious international news outlets.
* 1,000 accredited journalists from 50 countries.

If you want to know more about this event, check it out here

European Month of Photography, Berlin

Olympic Stadium, Berlin, 2008 © Michael Werner

This November Berlin is the center of photography in Europe. For the third time the European Month of Photography takes place in Berlin and the city is full of exciting photo exhibitions and events.

Here is the official introduction text from the website of the European Month of Photography

The Third European Month of Photography in Berlin will be taking place from 1 to 30 November 2008. For the first time it comes with a motto – 'Never seen before' is its proud claim, and it has inspired the delight in discovery and innovative imagination of the institutions taking part. More than 130 galleries, project rooms, museums and cultural institutes are involved this year, promising a packed series of exhibitions, private views, events, symposiums and workshops. For a period of 30 days the concentrated programme will draw attention to the medium of photography, offering the public new and unusual insights and giving the international photographic scene a platform for discussion.

If you are in Europe, make sure to visit Berlin, whatever you have heard about Berlin, it's true, but only even much better. It's next to New York City, the world capital of art. And I have to say, I love Berlin

Find out more about the European Month of Photography by following the link here

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Call for entries

Liz Kuball had a great idea. She started an online exhibition project for everyone who got rejected at Critical Mass. And there aren't so few of us who had made the same experience as Liz.

So get your photo out and send it to Liz. But you have to hurry, the deadline is already today!!!

Here is what she wrotes about her project:

Call for entries: Critical Mass rejects
If you entered Critical Mass this year, and you didn’t get in, take heart: You can be part of a one-time-only group show right here on my blog. Send me your favorite photo from your Critical Mass entry, the one you’re thinking rocked it so hard that the Critical Mass jurors must be blind not to have chosen you. The deadline is Thursday, October 30, at 8:59 p.m. Pacific time (11:59 p.m. New York time). The next day, I’ll post every photo I’ve received. Spread the word.

Note: Please send your image at 72 dpi, measuring at least 500 pixels on the longest side. (If you’ve already sent me your image, no worries.)

The link to Liz's blog is here

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Night of 1000 Drawings

Another Annual Benefit Sale is open for submissions.

It is Artists Space's NIGHT OF 1,000 DRAWINGS

Choose from among more than 1,000 original works on paper by hundreds of emerging and acclaimed artists at this signature event to benefit ARTISTS SPACE’s dynamic, artists-centered programming!

Participating artists already include:
Nathan Carter, Willie Cole, Stefan Kürten, Robert Longo, and Kate Shepherd

Saturday, December 13th, 2008, 3-8pm

Original Drawings only $50-$100
Admission at the door $10
Participating artists admitted free!
Complimentary cocktails 6-7:30pm

All proceeds directly support Artists Space's exhibitions and programs.
We are incredibly grateful to participating artists for their generous contributions of artwork.


Artists Space will accept up to two unframed, unmatted works on paper from any individual artist. Works must be NO LARGER than 11 x 14 inches.

Photographs and digital prints are acceptable as long as they are the original media, i.e, no digital reproductions of paintings, etc.On the back of each work, write your name, address, and email address. NO Post-It notes, please.

Mail or drop off your work to:

Night of 1000 Drawings
Artists Space,
38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013.

If dropping off work in person, please do so during regular gallery hours:

Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat 12-6pm
Wed 12-8pm

Drawings will be accepted from now through Saturday, November 22. If a drawing is mailed in, it must be received at Artists Space by this date to be included; this is NOT the postmark date.

For the return of unsold work, Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please be sure the envelope is of adequate size and has the proper postage.

For more information and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the link here

Saturday, October 25, 2008


I just added a new series to my website

While I am working on my projects One for the album and Lands of milk and honey I always worked and work on a project called Caravans because all the projects are more or less related to each other and therefor I mostly work on three projects at the same time.

Below are some examples of the project. If you would like to see more, you are welcome to visit my website and check it out.

The direct link to Caravans is here

© all images Michael Werner

Friday, October 24, 2008

Postcards from the edge

The new "Postcards from the edge" benefit sale is open for submissions now.

The 11th Annual Postcards From the Edge benefit for Visual AIDS will be hosted by Metro Pictures, New York on January 9-10, 2009.

Preview Party
Friday, January 9, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Your only chance to get a sneak peek at the entire show.

Benefit Sale - ONE DAY ONLY!
Saturday, January 10, 2009 from 11:00 - 6:00
Over 1500 original postcard-size works of art.
$75 EACH. Buy 4 cards and get 1 free!

Postcards From the Edge is a show and sale of original, postcard-sized artworks on paper by established and emerging artists. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, each piece is exhibited anonymously, and the identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased. With the playing field leveled, all participants can take home a piece by a famous artist, or one who’s just making his/her debut in the art world. Nonetheless, collectors walk away with something beautiful, a piece of art they love. For more details, visit

Attention Artists!
DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We are looking for artists to donate a 4" x 6" original work on paper for the exhibition and sale. Painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and mixed media are all welcome. If you would like to participate in Postcards From the Edge, download submission forms here

Wanna Help?
We need volunteers to help process the artwork, install the exhibition, and work during the event. We are also looking for experienced Event Photographers. If you can help and want to join in the fun, please email Nelson Santos with days and times available at

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Website Update

I just updated my website and added and changed some images from the series "Lands of milk and honey"

You are welcome to check it out here

© all images Michael Werner