Books

Personal Work

Sketches

Black and white photos taken over five decades on five continents with a focus on portraits.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Sketches - by Dan Lenchner

 

Rust

Color photos taken in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2018 of the dry dock where Titanic was built.

54 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Rust

 

Objects of Desire

Photographs of objects from the collection of Dan Lenchner. Some artifacts are hundreds of years old, some just a few decades. All have a patina and a grace which render them works of art, though some may be everyday objects made of wood or tin.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Objects of Desire

 

Israel 2020

Photographs taken in Israel in February and March of 2020 during Israel’s third election in one year and the beginnings of the corona crisis.

80 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Israel 2020

 

Ephemera

Ephemera is a highly personal selection of black and white photographs taken over four decades.

Many of the images suggest that life at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries looks much like it did during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Progress does not travel through the world at a constant speed.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Ephemera

 

Margin Notes

Photographs taken over 35 years. People captured, in the words of Lartigue, "en passant."

118 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

 

Margin Notes


Vernacular Collection

Meets The Eye
Recently released!

A collection of photographs which demonstrate that images often embody more than meets the eye-that is, that they warrant and reward a second or tenth look.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Meets The Eye - by Dan Lenchner

 

Photographic Memory
Recently released!

Photographs have the ability to create a universal, shared memory. We all “remember” the moon landing and the Hindenburg disaster because of the photos we have seen of the events. This book presents photographs which have the potential to create “memories” because they are powerful and evoke strong emotions.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Photographic Memory - by Dan Lenchner

 

Documentary

Staking out the position that all photos are documents, this book casts a wide net in terms of subject matter, dates of creation, and genres..

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Decisive Moments - by Dan Lenchner

 

Empire
Recently released!

Vernacular photos provide a glimpse into how 14 countries managed to colonize nearly the entire world.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Decisive Moments - by Dan Lenchner

 

Decisive Moments

Henri Cartier-Bresson is credited with coining the phrase decisive moment, here vernacular images show that in their own unintentionally artistic way, they too can capture the perfect moment.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Decisive Moments - by Dan Lenchner

 

Latent

If a photograph sits in a shoebox at the flea market is it still visible? Latent takes the idea of a photo in a darkroom before it is printed and applies it to vernacular images. What was latent in the flea market is now visible in this book.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Latent - by Dan Lenchner

 

Amber

A further exploration of the history of photography in general and vernacular photography in particular. Wide ranging and eclectic.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Amber - by Dan Lenchner

 

Photography

Vintage vernacular photos spanning 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. An eclectic collection of images from around the world with a focus on portraits.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Photography - by Dan Lenchner

 

Tzelem

Vintage vernacular photos spanning 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. An eclectic collection of images from around the world with a focus on portraits.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Tzelem - by Dan Lenchner

 

Collage

Black and white as well as color photos spanning 150 years and many themes: war, colonialism, racism, love, and lust.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Collage - by Dan Lenchner

 

Congeries

Photography is a sublime magic trick. In collecting images from around the world, Congeries reveals the trick while retaining some of the mystery.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Congeries - by Dan Lenchner

 

Improvisations

19th, 20th and 21st century vernacular photos from photobooth to press photos to snapshots.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Improvisations - by Dan Lenchner

 

Patina

A further exploration of vernacular photography curated from a highly personal perspective. Images from around the world ove a 150 year span employing multiple photographic techniques.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Patina - by Dan Lenchner

 

Lost and Found: Portraits

An eclectic collection of vernacular photo portraits spanning the19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Images from around the world revealing how people see themselves and how they are are seen by others.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Lost and Found: Portraits

 

Ineffable

A broad-ranging collection of vernacular images in black and white as well as color. Photographs from the second half of the 19 century through the 21st. Portraits, press photos, snapshots, etc. are used to depict humanity in its beauty and horror and a lot in between.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Ineffable

 

Diane A.

A gallery of black and white photographs made from negatives found at the flea market. A young girl comes vividly to life.

98 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Diane A.

 

Making Their Own Way

Further explorations of how vernacular photographs reveal the complexities of our world. A broad and eclectic collection of images.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Making Their Own Way

 

Stills

19th and 20th century vernacular images, covering a broad range of topics and aesthetic approaches. War, crime, portraits, nudes, etc. intersect in a curated, personal collection.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Stills

 

Naked Shoulders

Nudes from the Collection of Dan Lenchner.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Naked Shoulders

 

Autobiography

Using other people’s pictures as self portraits may seem odd but in collecting vernacular images the collector is revealing him/herself.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Autobiography

 

Imagist

An eclectic collection of vernacular images from the 19th, 20th and 21 centuries covering a wide range of topics; social, political, and aesthetic.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Imagist

 

War(s)

A collection of vintage press photographs, snapshots, and ephemera depicting wars in the 19th and 20 centuries. The material is from the author’s archive and covers 30 wars and conflicts. Most of this material has not been previously seen.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

War(s)

 

Provocations/Appropriations

Vintage photographs and ephemera from the 19th Century through the 21st.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Provocations/Appropriations

 

DIPTYCHS

Selection of vintage photographs from the 19th through the 21 century. Black and white as well as color covering a broad range of mostly anonymous images.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

DIPTYCHS

 

Meditations

Vernacular images from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Images cover a broad range of topics: war, portraits, race, erotic, landscapes, medical, history, crime, etc. Tintypes, cyanotypes, press photos, and snapshots. There is both horror and beauty in the images.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Meditations

 

Curated

Living as we are in in a time when truth is under daily assault, it is important to reaffirm that images often provide hard proof that reality is not simply what we want to believe.
Indeed, the image on page 214 was introduced at the Nuremberg Trials as evidence.
Many photos in Curated bear witness to historical moments that we might want to forget.
On the other hand, many of the pictures here are reminders that life can be quirky, funny, sexy, and beautiful.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Curated

 

Inkblot

Who are these people? Who took their picture? Why was their picture taken? When the answers to these questions are not forthcoming, it’s probably because they are vernacular photographs. Only a very few of people in Inkblot are identifiable; vernacular photography is the antithesis of celebrity photography. With many of these images, the joy is simply allowing them to move you, without analysis. Others impel interpretation.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Inkblot

 

Black and Light

19th, 20th, and 21st century vernacular photographs, black and white as well as color. Covering a broad range of subjects, war, medical, portraits, crime, nudes, sports, landscapes, portraits. Tintypes, silver gelatin, cynotypes, CDVs, cabinet cards, and snapshots.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Black and Light

Truth and Beauty

Truth and Beauty is a collection of vernacular images meant to suggest an emotional and mental roller coaster; there is no overriding polemic though my predilections and prejudices of course are very evident. Because the images are collected at flea markets and on line in a way that engenders a certain randomness, in my editing I try to recreate that randomness.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

 

Truth and Beauty

Artifacts

Artifacts is a selection of 19th and 20th century vernacular images collected over 20 years: war, crime, erotic, medical, press, history, sports, portrait, military, snaps, tintypes, cyanotypes, albumin, silver gelatin.

240 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Artifacts

Normal

How the nazis normalized the unspeakable

186 pages. Preview and purchase at: http://www.blurb.com

Normal: Radio interview with Dan Lenchner – The William King Museum of Art, March 24 and 31, 2016

Nazi Germany is revealed in a subtle, shocking show at ArtRage – Syracuse New Times, May 13, 2014

Nazi-Era Snapshots and the Banality of Evil – Vice, March 19th, 2014

 

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