20 / 20 / 200 is a special anniversary portfolio produced by Micamera for its 20th anniversary Read here
DANA LIXENBERG (Amsterdam, 1964)
Amos Olanna, 2007 (from: The Last Days of Shishmaref)
Shishmaref is disappearing. The village on an island off the coast of Alaska is slowly but surely being swallowed up by the sea. Global warming is causing the island’s protective permafrost layer to melt.
Lixenberg stayed in Shishmaref for several weeks during the winter and summer of 2007. She explored the intricate relationship between the inhabitants and the rough, bleak and beautiful landscape that surrounds them. Using her 4×5-inch field camera makes the act of photographing more formal than hand-held photography, resulting in an intimate collaboration between the photographer and her subjects and in carefully composed still-lives.
The book was awarded Best Dutch Book Design 2008
Dana Lixenberg is known for her celebrity portraits and photo series of individuals and communities living on the fringes of society. She was awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize in 2017 for her acclaimed series “Imperial Courts” 1993–2015 (2015), which spans 22 years and chronicles the lives of residents of a housing project in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Initiated in the immediate aftermath of the 1992 L.A. Riots, the series follows her subjects in the ensuing years. Most of Lixenberg’s work is shot using a large-format camera, an unwieldy tool that requires her to work at a methodical pace. This process results in introspective and emotionally charged photographs. She has shot portraits of pop cultural icons like Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Leonard Cohen, and Iggy Pop.