Michael Lundgren

Hey, Hot Shot! 2010 Open for Entries—Darius Himes, Guest Curator

Radius Books’ Darius Himes has been selected to be the first month’s guest curator for Jen Bekman Gallery‘s 2010 Hey, Hot Shot! competition.


The competition is judged by a diverse panel of photography professionals, with a awards including a Grand Prize of $5000 + Gallery Representation and five Hot Shots Awards of $500 + Group Exhibition at Jen Bekman Gallery.

The deadline for submissions is August 22, 2010. See Hey, Hot Shot!: A Jen Bekman Project for more information.

In addition, all applicants will be eligible for a Curator’s Choice Award, with a guest curator selecting a contender each month. Contenders will be featured in a Hey, Hot Shot! newsletter and awarded a prize from the guest curator’s affiliate organization. A Radius Books gift bag will be awarded to the photographer Darius selects, including these three Radius Books monographs: Transfigurations, by Michael Lundgren, The Spirit and the Flesh, by Debbie Fleming Cafferty, and Domestic Vacations, by Julie Blackmon.

The Amazing Michael Lundgren

If you come here seeking something particular you may find only it.
Or find nothing. But if you come seeking the desert it will be given to you in time,
if you take care not to get so irrevocably lost that you too become bones out here,
but lost enough to find what you did not know you were looking for.

—Excerpt from Rebecca Solnit’s essay, Desert Music

In the Fall of 2008, Radius Books published desert dweller Michael Lundgren’s first monograph Transfigurations. The photos are informed by the characteristic transience of the desert. In his statement, Lundgren mentions that even seemingly permanent rocks are bound to the law of change. In the past six months he has received countless accolades and attention for his work.

Just this past April, 20×200 featured two images by Lundgren, hailing the photos for their “mysterious gorgeousness” and the photographer for his talent, devotion and brilliance. 20×200 founder Jen Bekman has been generous to non-profits since the inception of the business, and the sale of one of these two photographs directly benefited Radius Books. (She also informally nominated us “publisher of the most gorgeous black & white books”!)

This year, Lundgren was awarded a place in Flash Forward 2009 Magenta Foundation’s Emerging Photographers exchange. They will feature his work in a book of their winners as well as in a traveling exhibition that will open initially at Lennox Contemporary in Toronto, in October 2009.

The West Midlands based development agency Rhubarb-Rhubarb is having a 10 year anniversary called Photography is Dead. The agency asked ten of their reviewers to select a single outstanding photographer from the past ten years to feature in the exhibition. Lundgren was selected by the Martin Barnes, the photography curator at the V&A Museum, London, who was stirred by the “literary and philosophical references both of historical and contemporary relevance” within Transfigurations. You can read his entire text here (as a pdf).

Photo-blogger Sara Distin was brought back home to the desert while viewing his work. After attending a lecture by Micael Lundgren, Miguel Garcia-Guzman, a writer at Exposure Compensation described his experience of the photographs, the book and the lecture itself.

You can see more of Michael’s work, as well as his Phoenix Postcard project, at his website. His work will also be on view at the V&A Museum as part of their rotating permanent collection, A History of Photography, until April 2010.

Michael Lundgren & 20×200: the day after…

This is the day after Michael Lundgren’s 20×200 edition went live. Intermittently throughout the day the Radius Books staff would refresh the page and be amazed to see the numbers of copies “remaining” dwindle lower and lower. Both of the small sizes have now sold out, leaving a choice of larger sizes.

If you haven’t read Jen Bekman’s newsletter about Mike’s word, please do. She has been a huge supporter of Mike’s work, and her enthusiasm for his photographs is shared by us all at Radius! Proceeds from the sale of Ironwood (top image) directly benefit us—Radius Books—in our non-profit mission to get great art and books into the hands of people everywhere. So please, browse 20×200, purchase one of Mike’s prints or his book, and know that you are supporting a good cause!

20×200+Michael Lundgren+Radius Books=HOT

20×200 is the brainchild of internet guru+photography gallerist Jen Bekman. As she says, “There are a lot of people out there who want to sell their art and a lot of people who’d like to buy it. They just have a hard time finding each other. The internet is the perfect place to bring those people together.” And she does just that, making work affordable at the same time.

On this Wednesday, April 15th, 20×200 will release two new editions from Phoenix-based photographer Michael Lundgren, whose new monograph, Transfigurations, was published by Radius Books in November of 2008. 20×200 introduces new works from photographers and artists twice a week and offers gorgeous, exhibition quality prints at ridiculously affordable prices, exclusively online.

Of the two editions offered from Lundgren, the proceeds from one will benefit Radius Books (similar to the editions offered by the Starn twins, one of which benefited Blind Spot). We can’t reveal exactly which photographs will be released but we can tell you they are from his Transfigurations series—and, the prints are stunning! To ensure that you have the opportunity to support Radius Books and collect one or both of Lundgren’s prints, sign up for the 20×200 newsletter.  Written by Jen Bekman, the newsletter goes out to subscribers slightly in advance of the release of the editions online, giving subscribers the earliest opportunity to aquire the works before they go live.  With fast-selling editions the newsletter can offer the only chance to acquire prints!   Sign up and keep your eyes on your inbox this Wednesday!

Michael Lundgren in Santa Fe, working on Transfigurations

Michael Lundgren, a brilliant young photographer from Phoenix (and the MFA program at ASU, Tempe) came to Santa Fe June 3-5 to work on the final edit and sequence of his forthcoming Fall 2008 title, Transfigurations. The book will be nothing short of stunning! Rebecca Solnit and William Jenkins both contribute short essays.

Lundgren in Santa Fe working on Transfigurations

Lundgren in Santa Fe working on Transfigurations

Lundgren in Santa Fe working on Transfigurations

Lundgren in Santa Fe working on Transfigurations

Radius Books at D.A.P. Booth at BookExpo America, 2008

BookExpo America is North America’s largest industry trade fair for books and publishing, drawing huge crowds and authors, publishers and booksellers from around the world. This year it was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. D.A.P., the distributor for Radius Books to the trade, always has a fantastic booth and an even more fantastic staff. Occurring in the late Spring, BEA is the place where forthcoming Fall titles are announced and previews of the Fall list of books are available. Below are some photographs from the event, which took place the weekend of May 29-June 1.

D.A.P. booth
The D.A.P. booth and the wall of new titles.

D.A.P. booth
Julie Blackmon’s new book, Domestic Vacations, on display.

D.A.P. booth
Looking from the D.A.P. booth out into the fair.

D.A.P. booth
D.A.P. rep Jane Brown talking with Arcana bookstore owner Lee Kaplan.

Preparing the book mock-ups in Santa Fe for BEA
Preparing the book mock-ups in Santa Fe for BEA.

The four finished book mock-ups at the fair.
The four finished book mock-ups at the fair. (Left to right) Michael Lundgren Transfigurations, Lee Friedlander: New Mexico, John McCracken: Sketchbook and Brian Rutenberg