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Lensmodern
is a unique online photographic handling agency, originally conceived and created by a group of award-winning professional photographers as the only market place appropriate for their work.

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ABOUT US

Lensmodern was originally conceived by a group of professional photographers seeking an outlet for their award-winning work. Their expectations were high: they wanted somewhere that valued quality above quantity, where they could sell both fine art prints and usage licences for their large back-catalogue of images, and that had fair, photographer-friendly contracts. As their search proved unfruitful, they decided their only option was to create such an environment for themselves, and so Lensmodern was born.

Created by photographers, for photographers, Lensmodern comprises both an on-line gallery selling fine art photographic prints, and a Picture Library, but we are no ordinary image source – we represent some of the world's best, most creative images, which enables us to secure a unique niche at the top end of the market. To maintain our high standards, membership is by invitation only and is exclusively extended to photographers whose work is considered exceptional.

Lensmodern provides the perfect environment in which to view, sample or ultimately buy some of the world's top photographic images.

CONTACT US

Lensmodern.com

mail@lensmodern.com
+44 (0)20 7639 0424
Lensmodern Ltd. 43 Bellenden Road, London SE15 5BB

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THE LIBRARY

Inspiring images make for inspiring and successful creative ideas - great campaigns need great photographs.

Lensmodern only handles the best – the best photographs from the best photographers. You won’t have seen many of these images in a picture library before. They are works of art and the master photographers who created them care deeply about their placement and have chosen to house them only with Lensmodern.

This is a company owned and run by photographers. All have a passion for their images and many boast a string of international awards. Their work is our product and we stand or fall by its quality, creativity and innovation.

Lensmodern is constantly growing - adding new images to the site on an almost daily basis. However, as in most creative endeavours, we believe that quality outweighs quantity every time. If after searching through the work you still cannot find the right image to make your creative idea take wing, you can always commission one of our photographers to shoot the project for you.

We can deliver high-resolution digital images down the line or on CD, as transparencies and as black and white prints. And we achieve this to the highest professional standards under the watchful and experienced eye of Dan Tierney, whose reputation as a retoucher is one of the finest in the world.

DOWNLOADS & USAGE

USAGE FEES


Each image has what we call a Base Usage Rate (BUR). This helps us negotiate a price for its use. As the possible combinations of geographical coverage, media type and period of usage are legion, the total package cost is also infinitely flexible. Tell us your requirements and we will quickly provide a estimate.

Add the images you are interested in to your lightbox and then use our on-line 'Estimate' facility there to request a quote.

DOWNLOADS


Agencies and regular users can apply for a Premier Service Account which, if approved, will enable unlimited larger comp files to be downloaded for layout and presentation free of charge. There is no charge for this type of account but please allow time for your application to be approved – this should normally take no more than 24-48 hours. Contact us for further information.

Please be aware that all downloads are for presentation only. No reproduction of an image is allowed either for publication or as a print for display. The copyright of the image remains with the photographer.

To download a larger file for comp purposes, simply add the image to your lightbox and choose 'Download' (you will need to register with us if you haven't already done so).

Images downloaded from the Gallery section may not necessarily be available to purchase for publication purposes. If you are interested in using one of these images please contact us and we will make enquiries on your behalf.

THE GALLERY


Lensmodern brings together award-winning personal projects from the world’s best photographers. This startling and visionary work often expands the boundaries of photographic technique and printing processes to bring you stimulating, sometimes ground-breaking, examples of this burgeoning art form.

The images in the Gallery are some of the most dramatic and inspiring on the whole site. Many have never been seen before. Now, at last, these eminent creative artists have allowed their photographs to be seen in a committed site worthy of their work.

The dedication and obsession of our photographers is clearly apparent in the variety of printing methods and the breathtaking content, and their personal connection with Lensmodern sets the company apart from any other in the field of photographic art prints.

HIRING THEMED EXHIBITIONS


Although we expect many of these art images to be bought by individuals for their own pleasure in their own homes, we are also aware of a commercial requirement for larger collections of artworks.

Many of our photographers have completed, or continue to work on, large photographic essays. These can prove extremely useful for companies desiring a particularly relevant themed collection of images to hang on their walls.

Though we wouldn’t expect companies to buy outright such a large series of photographs, we have had much experience in leasing out such exhibitions, framed and ready to hang, for periods ranging from weeks to years.

BUYING PRINTS


Buying photographic prints online presents a few fundamental problems and, as a company largely owned by its photographers, it is in our (and our artworks') best interests to ensure that all these potential hiccups are addressed before they prove troublesome.

We realise there is a big difference between seeing a print on a glowing computer screen and the same item in the flesh as it were. Transmitted light viewing is nothing like having a real photographic image in front of you. Fortunately, the difference lies in your favour as the real thing usually gets ten times the approbation of the screen version. But if you feel otherwise, we will guarantee to refund your money should you be disappointed with your print when it arrives.

While browsing through the Gallery you can add images to your personal "lightbox". You can then select the ones you wish to purchase before completing your order via the Purchase Prints option within the lightbox, If you would prefer, you can discuss your purchase over the phone.

Depending on the type of printing involved, you should allow 4 weeks for the delivery of most images. Some specialised methods may take longer, but we will advise you if this is the case. As a matter of course, we advise you not to hang any print in direct sunlight. However, as a back-up we will be happy to reprint any image supplied by us if you discover any deterioration over time.

PRINT PROCESSES

Archival Inkjet
An inkjet print produced using archival inks.
Archival Pigment Dyes
An inkjet print produced using archival pigment dyes.
C-type
Traditionally produced from negative film rather than more recently from transparency and projected digital images, C-type or ‘Chromogenic’ prints have three layers of photographic emulsion containing silver salts which are sensitive to differing wavelengths of light - blue, green and red. The light falling on the print sensitises each layer differently depending on the make up of the light. The exposed print is then developed using chemicals that cause correspondingly coloured dyes to form in each of the layers.
Carbon
A non-silver, permanent photographic print produced by exposing a sheet of paper coated with gelatin, carbon black and potassium dichromate against a negative, the gelatin hardening in proportion to the amount of light passing through the negative. The excess pigment is washed away leaving the final image. The print is dense, glossy black or deep rich brown tonality, often with slight relief contours thickest in the dark areas.
Carbro
A print made from three bromide transfer prints, stacked in registration to produce a single coloured image. Each transfer print is pigmented to correspond to one of the three separation negatives, which are produced by photographing the subject through red, green and blue filters.
Digital C-type
Digital prints made with regular photographic papers and chemicals but instead of an enlarger and negative, high intensity lasers expose the digital files to the photo paper (see C-type).
Dye transfer
Similar to the carbro process, this involves the use of at least three colour separations, usually produced from a colour transparency original. The colour separations are printed on thick, gelatinous film positives known as matrices which are then soaked in corresponding dyes of cyan, magenta, yellow and often black. The matrices are then printed in registration in daylight on a fibre based paper similar to photographic paper, but not light sensitive, transferring the dyes to the paper. The process produces rich colours.
Epson 9600 archival ink
An inkjet print produced on an Epson 9600 printer using Ultra Chrome archival inks.
Giclée
These prints are produced from a digital file created using a digital camera or scanned print, transparency or negative, rather than from an original negative. A digital printing machine sprays ink in high precision onto paper to produce an image from the digital file. These are similar to domestic computer printers, but professional fine art prints use special high quality archival papers and inks.
Gum
A print made by exposing a negative on a paper coated with an emulsion of gum arabic, potassium bichromate and pigment. Similar to the carbon process the emulsion hardens in relation to the amount of light it receives through exposure and the unexposed emulsion is washed away.
Ilfocolor HighGloss
A c-type print produced on Ilfocolour High Gloss paper. The finish is very glossy, usually with dense colours.
Inkjet
This process involves using an image originated from a digital camera, scanned print, transparency or negative, rather than from an original negative. A digital printing machine sprays ink in high precision onto paper to produce an image from the digital file. These are similar to domestic computer printers, but Professional Fine Art prints use special high quality archival papers and inks that suit those papers. Inkjet printers can print onto a variety of materials, although not as broad a range as is possible with Iris printers.
Iris
A type of digital inkjet printer that allows photographic quality images to be printed onto a wide range of materials (such as canvas and fine art papers). This can produce a richness and depth of colour not possible with traditional photographic papers.
Lightjet
Lightjet prints are NOT inkjet but photographic prints exposed by RGB lasers to produce continuous tone photographic prints from digital files. Inkjet or Giclée prints are made up of dots, and are not continuous tone whereas lightjet prints have no dots at all.
Lith
Lith prints are produced by over-exposing photographic paper with an image and then under developing it in a developing bath. It is difficult to produce identical prints using this process as the chemistry continues to develop and timing is difficult to judge. Images tend to be moody, being of higher contrast and fairly grainy. Differing papers and the strength and age of chemistry will affect the tones achieved.
Platinum
A contact print made through a process in which a paper is sensitized with a solution of platinum and iron salts and developed in potassium oxalate. Platinum prints are popular because of their permanency and their wide range of soft grey tones.
Quad inks
An inkjet print produced from Lyson’s ‘Quad’ inks which use at least 6 different tones of black to produce the final image.
Silver Bromide
A variation of the silver gelatin silver print, silver bromides share the features of all silver gelatin prints, giving deep rich blacks and crisp whites on a high gloss paper, as well as having good archival properties. Compared with silver chlorides or chloro-bromides, they have a neutral, deep black tone.
Silver Gelatin
Introduced in the 1870s, this is the most common of all traditional photographic printing processes in which paper is coated with gelatin that contains light sensitive silver salts. This is the standard contemporary black and white print method used today. Like Silver Bromide prints these prints are highly archival.
Small Gamut
An inkjet print produced using Lyson’s ‘Small Gamut’ inks which produce true archival monochrome prints in a wide range of subtle tonal shades.
Thiocarbamide
This is a photographic print that has been toned with thiocarbamide toners. These are sepia toners of the odourless variety and are nearly always sold with an additive (sodium hydroxide) as a variable sepia toner. This means that depending on the amount of additive used, the print colour can be varied from yellow through sepia, to deep rust or chestnut-brown.
Ultra Chrome
An inkjet print produced using Epson Ultrachrome inks.