Hey there. I’m Lars, a writer and photographer from Berlin.

In our visual age it’s important to understand images: How they’re taken and what they mean. What makes them so captivating and sometimes seductive.

I explore how culture, technology, and social norms shape images—and how they shape us in return.

Controversial Color

In the 1950s, early color photography was widely scorned. Now it’s the default. What happened?

The Woman Who Was Robert Capa

Gerda Taro didn’t just help invent one of the world’s most famous photographers. Briefly, she was him.

A Distant, Overlooked Life

Vitas Luckus was too revolutionary a photographer to be accepted. But his is no ordinary rebel’s story.

Photopoetry

Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo captured something that cannot be seen.

Introspection

Why a Chilean photographer quit fame in pursuit of mysticism and solitude

Donald Trump’s Horror Picture Show

Photography of the presidency shows that Trump cares about optics, not visuals.

Anterior Future

The story of Tina Modotti's remarkable life—starting with a picture.

An Inkling

How August Sander’s uncanny images foreshadows the ending of time.

The Joy of a Round Photograph

The genius of Spectacles — and of simple complexity.

Brain-Eye Coordination

The mind’s puzzling insistence on the analogue.

The Triumph of the Portrait Format

Phones have changed the way photos are taken. Portrait now rules where landscape once reigned. And we’re stuck looking at a vertical world through horizontal screens.

You Can’t Take a Picture of the Northern Lights

Images of the Northern Lights lay the limits of photography brutally bare.

Embalmed Grandeur

Observations from Moscow.

The Terror and Delight of Cyrillic

It takes a while, but you can read it.