Books

Objects of Desire
Recently released!

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

 

Making Their Own Way
Recently released!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Margin Notes

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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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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