The Island Position

Story by George Saunders, Published by MACK

The “Island Position” is an advertising term that describes the premium position of an advertisement surrounded solely by editorial content. In The Island Position, John Lehr explores the facades of American commercial spaces that are threatened by the emergence of e-commerce. Masquerading as a typology of storefronts, the surfaces in The Island Position embody something unseen: the people who constructed them. The signage is not simply an appeal to consumption, but a typography of emotion: vulnerability, ingenuity, distress, and hope—the language of capitalism as a form of public address

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Object Lesson: The Legacy of Richard Benson, Aperture, New York, NY


The Photograph as Contemporary Art, Thames and Hudson, London UK
Keeper of the Hearth: Picturing Barthes’ Unseen Photograph, Schilt, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Photo Work: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice, Aperture, New York, NY
There There, Issue Three, theretherenow, Columbia, MO
The Island Position, MACK, London, UK,

El Camino Real, Roman Nvmerals, New York, NY
Else #11, Musée De L’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland


Photography is Magic, Aperture, New York, NY
C Photo “Don’t call me a Photographer”, Ivory Press, Madrid, Spain
The Pure Products of America Go Crazy, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ


Blind Spot Magazine 20th Anniversary Issue
Wax Magazine, New York, NY
Notes from the Foundry, Spaces Corners, Pittsburg, PA


Generous Structures, Casco, Utrecht, The Netherlands


Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota


The Physical Print, Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Closer to Home: The 48th Corcoran Biennial, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC