E-Books for Photographer’s: LensWork

Since I have received my iPad, now almost a year ago, I have developed quite an e-book addiction. I simply enjoy the immediate availability of the books on the net (who else dislikes waiting for books to arrive?), the presentation (at least in most cases) and the mere fact, that I can easily carry around as many as I want and read when I have time. Try to do that with paper magazines.

Every now and then I will showcase a few selected e-books which I think are both nice and inspiring in terms of content and presentation. My personal favourites so to speak.

In this first post I would like to talk a bit about the LensWork publication.

If you have been visiting here more frequently you might remember that I have been mentioning the Lens Work podcast and Brooks Jensen’s folios (the editor of LensWork) earlier on the blog. I just think that he is doing some astonishingly good and inspiring work.

I only knew that the Lens Work Publication is printed magazine, and so far have shied away from purchasing a copy for myself. This changed once I learned that the Lens Work magazine is available not only as a printed magazine, but also in an e-book format. Since I have developed a ebook-reading-habit I definitely needed to check it out. I can tell you that this was a lucky find!

The Editions

The e-book comes in two different flavours, the portable one and the extended version. The difference between the two is that the extended edition features larger and more portfolios aside from the full content of the portable edition. Additionally is for each magazine ( that is at least for the newer ones) a pack of interviews in MP-3 format as a separate download/purchase available. The magazine goes for 3,95$ the extended version for 4,95$ US Dollar and a set of interviews starting from 2,97$, which considered the quality of the work and the interviews is really a bargain. In this country you will have a hard time getting any drink for this price.

The Content

More important is of course the content of this magazine, which in my humble opinion, is outstanding. I can honestly say, that from what I have seen there so far, it is some of the finest and most inspiring work that I had the pleasure to see in any kind of magazine.

The magazine itself set itself apart from other ordinary publications since it is essentially a collection of folios by selected photographers. These folios are rounded-up by a short introductory text by the artists and some biographical information. The presentation is clear, simple and focused on each folio. On the accompanying and optional MP-3’s (which have to be purchased separately) you find interviews with the artists of each edition.

By the time of this writing I have had explored only a handful of these magazines and interviews but you can consider me sold on this magazine. Browsing through such beautiful folios as from artists like Michael Kenna or Josef Hoflehner paired with the accompanied interviews is really an experience (the interview with Michael Kenna is indeed as inspiring as his photography).

Besides the quality of the content I do enjoy the lack of sales-pitches in this magazine. It’s just about the art and not about cameras or yet another PS/Lightroom plugin. Just the way it should be in my opinion and I’m looking forward to explore the magazine even further in the future.

With now 93 editions available, there’s much to catch up. More info you can find over on LensWork of course.