Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

A conversation with acclaimed artist Lena Herzog about the uncanny powers of photography.

Photograph by Juliette Atkinson - 

Lena Herzog at the Henry Welcome Museum, London 

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Intro Music: Massive Attack, "Angel"

Outro Music: La Féline, "La Nuit du Rat"

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Lena Herzog is a visual artist and photographer who lives in Los Angeles. Born in the Ural mountains of Russia, she moved to the city of St. Petersburg (then still Leningrad) to study Languages and Literature at Leningrad University. She immigrated alone to the United States in 1990 and worked at Stanford University two years later as a research consultant on an honorarium. She then completed her BA in Philosophy at Mills College, here, in the Bay Area, specializing in the history and the philosophy of science and doing a comparative study of the paradigm shift theories of Thomas Kuhn and Paul Feyerabend.

In 1997, she discovered photography, and apprenticed to Italian and French printmakers, with a special interest in early and alternative photographic processes. Her work now ranges from classical documentary to the experimental and conceptual.

Her photography has been featured and reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Cabinet Magazine, The Believer, Vanity Fair, among others, and she is a regular contributing artist to Harper's Magazine. She is the author of five books of photography and her work has been internationally exhibited.

Her most recent series, Lost Souls, was shown at the International Center of Photography in New York. The book by the same name was widely reviewed and her upcoming book Deus Ex Machina, the Strandbeests of Theo Jansen, will be published by TASCHEN in the spring of 2015.

For more information, please visit her website,