Articles from NY Times Lens Blog

The remarkable life of photographer Bayard Wootten

"In 1904, a photographer in North Carolina lent a 4×5 camera to a divorced single mother. He shook his head and muttered several times that she’d 'never make the grade.' One year later, he viewed her as his competitor and took back his equipment."

Photo Essay: Love and heartbreak after the Arab Spring

Egyptian photographer Hadeer Mahmoud's photos capture "moments of longing and loss," telling the stories of three young women whose partners were arrested in the wake of the Arab Spring.

In her own words, photographing the Vietnam War

Photographer Catherine Leroy was only 21 when she arrived in Vietnam in 1966 with her Leica M2 in tow. But over the next three years, she built an incredible body of work covering the war.

Syrian Photographer: 'I am not useful for my camera if I die'

Syrian photographer Hosam Katan shares his experience photographing the ongoing conflict in his home country, getting shot by a sniper, and more.

Elliott Erwitt's lost photos of Pittsburgh

At the age of 22, a still-unknown Elliott Erwitt was asked to go document Pittsburg's transformation from industrial center to cultural hub. Looking back, he calls it "he most important thing that happened to me with regard to starting my career."

A large format tribute to a deserted high school in Puerto Rico

Photographer Jesus Emmanuel returned to his deserted high school in Puerto Rico earlier this year, 4x5 view camera in tow, to pay tribute to the vandalized, abandoned, and destroyed school.

Photo exhibition in Paris traces photography's love affair with cars

The simultaneous industrialization of the car and the camera has bound the two up in history. Suddenly, "the camera became the indispensable accessory for drivers eager to immortalize their travels."

Through the lens of black women photographers

'Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora' is a new photographic publication that aims to include the perspectives of black women photographers.

NYT offers a look at 'hometown' across the U.S. through the eyes of teens

The New York Times' Lens Blog asked teenagers across the U.S. to submit photos of their hometowns for a project simply called 'My Hometown.' Thousands of teens responded to the call, with submissions coming from 45 states. The resulting collection is a yearbook of sorts, documenting the friends, family and places closest to a small sampling of the country's young people. Lens Blog has published a selection of 145 Editor's Choice photos, and the whole collection is available online - searchable by student or state. Take a look at a few standouts.