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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Art in focus: ‘On the Lakeshore . . . and Other Stories’

Iris Janke’s daughter Milena appears in several of the German photographer’s pictures, whose theme is the connections between friends and family members over time. (Iris Janke)
There’s a reason that the Goethe-Institut’s latest photo show is called “On the Lakeshore ... and Other Stories.” The pictures in it — by Iris Janke, Kaitlin Jencso and Sara J. Winston — have the quality of narrative.

The tales aren’t linear. There’s no beginning, middle or end, and drama is nonexistent. But the photographs speak of life’s little epiphanies, illuminated, in Janke’s case, by the connections between family members, and for Jencso and Winston, by the extraordinary beauty of ordinary moments.

Read my full review of the show, and take a look at a sampling of the photographs after the jump.

Janke occasionally hangs photos of her daughter Milena, above, next to snapshots of herself taken at the same age, creating a sense of deeply personal intimacy. (Iris Janke)

Three photographs of Janke’s son Nicolas, taken months apart, but in almost the same pose, are included in “On the Lakeshore . . . and Other Stories.” (Iris Janke)

Photographer Kaitlin Jencso’s series “Snared” features an anonymous woman engaged in domestic chores. (Kaitlin Jencso)

Photos by Jencso, a student at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, were chosen by Janke because of their resonance with Janke’s diaristic work. (Kaitlin Jencso)

The presence of people is implied — but never shown, as in this picture of a soap-filmed shower curtain — in Sara J. Winston’s photos. Winston, a recent graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, was invited to show alongside Janke, because of the similarity of their themes. (Sara J. Winston)

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