Who are you, what's your motto? I’m Luke Archer, editor / founder of Loupe magazine and a photographer in a very loose sense of the word!
I think you can’t go wrong with ‘treat others how you would expect to be treated’ as a motto, it certainly informs my approach to life and Loupe. Funnily enough I think the original quote comes from the book of Luke!
Have you studied photography? What are your thoughts? I studied my BA at UWE and I’m currently studying for my MA at AUB. Many of the Loupe team are recent grads. The magazine goes out to a lot of universities and we do try and feature student work so photography education is an area of interest for us!
There are certain constraints that academia puts on courses to make them a ‘degree’ that I don’t always think are essential for photography. Personally, I think the written elements of courses should be reduced and more emphasis should be put on making sure everyone is technically competent and developing career paths for students. However, photography is a tricky subject to teach, courses tend to be broad and with student dedication so varied it is hard to create a program that will be a perfect fit for each student.
For me studying the BA had a massive impact, the difference in the standard of my work from when I started my BA and finished was huge, I just wish I had spent less time on my dissertation and more time making contacts! That’s very much how I have tried to approach the MA.
I also do worry for current BA students that the fees are incredibly high. I think universities should be covering the cost of London degree shows and more competitions should be free or have low entry cost for students, that’s the feedback we get from our student readers.
What's your favourite style of photography? With Loupe we are trying to show the diversity of photography, how the medium can encompass such a breadth of approaches, so I hope my own taste is as varied I think it is!
That being said, I am a sucker for documentary work where a photographer is able to tell a story through portrait, landscape and detail shots. I’m also becoming very interested in how photographers are incorporating text and interviews into their work to tell a fuller story, currently I’ve been really inspired by the work of Lauren Greenfield and Mahtab Hussain.
Can you tell us what Loupe Magazine is? Loupe is a free photography magazine distributed across the UK. We are stocked at a lot of photography specific locations so I think all our readers are as passionate about photography as we are! As previously mentioned we try and feature a diverse selection of inspiring work.
We launched Issue 1 in May 2016 and have been publishing on a triannual basis ever since.
We have a whole host of regular writers including Gemma Padley, Mischa Frankl-Duval, Grace Benton, Alex Ingram and Rosie Wadey, alongside some new recruits who are helping with our web content and will hopefully be writing in future issues.
We also have Noah and Dan who are doing some research as part of work experience modules for their degrees.
Most of the guys are trying to balance the mag with their own photography / studies and paid work so I try not to overload everyone with tasks. Although you would have to ask them if that’s working out or not!
What were your initial aims and inspirations when putting ideas together for Loupe Magazine? Like others we aim to promote new talent but I hope we go the extra mile by sending each issue directly to a lot of people in the photography industry for example: picture editors, curators, ad agency art buyers among many others.
I think that some titles put a deliberate distance between themselves and their readers to somehow inflate their own importance and we don’t want that with Loupe. We are trying to be as open and as approachable as possible. We respond to submissions and give advice when asked (if we can!) and I know from my own experience trying to promote work how much that means to people.
What is Loupe Magazine's biggest achievement to date? Reaching Issue 7! Independent publishing isn’t easy so it is often the small achievements that make it worthwhile. It’s been great to be able to be the first to publish someone’s work in print and then for the project to be picked up by other outlets, or just hearing that our readers appreciate what we do in terms of our general ethos and curation.
It was nice to be shortlisted for the 2017 Stack Awards, the ceremony was great because it was fun to be in a room with so many people obsessed with print.
What do you look for in a photographer who would like to get involved with what you do? We want to feature and promote work that hasn’t had a lot of coverage already. Having said that I am aware that as a free magazine our readership is very broad so I do try and consider that a body of work that might be well known in some areas of the community might be new to others.
For me the best work has a strong and concise concept that has been well executed. If there is a strong degree of originality in both those areas, then that’s the work that grabs my attention.
Curating the magazine is tricky because we have limited pages and that means we have to pass on featuring some very strong work. I feel bad rejecting work because it is not about the quality, it's more about maintaining the diversity of each issue. For example, we have so many people submit amazing documentary work, shot with available light on medium format film but we simply can’t publish it all.
Give one tip to new photography graduates. Try not to let rejection get you down! Although it is something that I still struggle with! There are so many rejections or simply not hearing back from magazines, competitions, potential employers, funding opportunities etc. If you can move forward and keep shooting and keep reaching out to people as opposed to dwelling on it that’s great. There are so many factors beyond the quality of your work that impact on those decisions that we should learn to not take it personally and keep on trucking!
What does the future hold for Loupe Magazine? A new website is top of my list! I want to make sure all the new content we are producing is as easy to access and enjoy as possible.
There are lot of ideas floating about and some vey blue sky thinking! Thankfully with more people helping I hope we can do even more to get to know our readers. A launch event or exhibition for each issue is something we couldn’t do before but hopefully we can put one on for the next issue and everyone can have a beer on us!
6 July 2018 18.00-22.00 (private view), 7 July 2018 10.30-17.30
Out of the Brew arts cafe (downstairs), 306 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6AF
Rachel E Joy Stanley, Jeremy Stokes, Edward Green, Louise Astbury
Outline is a photographic exhibition featuring work which responds to the notion of everyday boundaries. Four emerging London-based photographers present images which grapple with ideas of control, confines of both an internal and physical nature, and the space between image-maker and viewer. How are our daily actions trivially controlled and how can we use the camera to come to terms with this? How do we internalise rules and how do they affect our photographic practice? The exhibition explores how an awareness of such limitations can lead to liberation from them.
The work will show in the downstairs gallery space at Out of the Brew Arts Cafe in New Cross. The exhibition will open with a private view on Friday 6 July from 18.00-22.00 (all welcome) and is open all day on Saturday 7th between 10.30-17.30.
Rachel E Joy Stanley is a fine-art photographer based in London and the curator of Outline. Her work is concerned with spaces and how we construct, occupy and engage with them. Largely observational, subtly critical and inherently concerned with form and function, Rachel's photographs attempt to organise and make sense of contemporary life, asking questions about power, ownership and the balance between natural and human worlds. rachelstanley.co.uk | @r.ejs
Jeremy Stokes is a photographer who uses the medium of the camera to reflect and capture a visual poetic tapestry. A tapestry of flux, of the light and the dark, of the beauty, and the truth of being. A spiritual pilgrimage of one’s own self, for the souls enrichment towards the light and divine. Photography: meaning from Ancient Greek — the study of light. Let there be light. jeremyjstokes.wordpress.com | @jeremy_john_stokes
Edward Green’s socially conscious work, which celebrates banal, beautiful and surreal aspects of public life, has been exhibited in galleries across the capital. In September 2017, he released his debut photo book Never Mind. The book captures the prevailing (un)social behaviour of the city and the weakening affect it can have on the individuals who inhabit it. More recently, Edward’s work has been concerned with understanding identity politics, and a young generation besotted with nostalgia and myth. edwardjuliangreen.tumblr.com | @nedgreen
Louise Astbury is a writer, photographer and film-maker who is interested in the camera’s ability to navigate the elusive terrain between one’s internal spaces and one’s surroundings. She likens the act of taking a photograph to diving underwater: ‘normal rules no longer apply as you don’t need to breathe because nothing except the immediate image exists’. Her images capture moments of reverie, stillness and reveal the transformative effect light has on everyday scenes. She focuses on these pauses between points of action in her writing and her visual work. flickr.com/photos/128448543@N08 | @lou_moon
For further information and images please contact Rachel E Joy Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org. For venue information please visit outofthebrewcafe.com or call 020 8265 6740.
Image credit: Louise Astbury
A social to support creative talent across Yorkshire
L E N S T H I N K Y O R K S H I R E Y A N P R E S T O N
Saturday June 23rd will see the Lens Think summer social and we are going out West, to West Yorkshire that is. We are a bi-monthly social in Yorkshire to meet, share work, ideas, & develop photography in the North. The day will be an informal meet up, a chance to preview Yan Preston’s work ‘Forest’ in a private exhibition tour and book signing in the unique location of 19th century Gibson Mill at Hardcastle Crags. Not only all of that but we also have a National trust one hour tour of the woodland. Come along, have a chat, meet other photographers in the area and hear from Yan Preston about her new body of work. So join us, with other like-minded photographers and creatives. Feel free to bring along friends, this event is family friendly.
The social takes place at Gibson Mill, Hollin Hall, Crimsworth Dean, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7AP – and you’re invited to come and take a look at Yan Preston’s work in the heart of the woodland.
Yan Wang Preston is a British-Chinese artist interested in how landscape photography can reveal the hidden complexities behind the surface of physical landscapes. Her major projects include Mother River (2010-14) and Forest (2010-17). Forest won 1st Prize at the 2017 Syngenta Photography Award and monographs of both major works are being published by Hatje Cantz this year.
AS ALWAYS ALL WELCOME!
Contact: Jo Coates | T. 075 33 92 56 38 | e. email@example.com | June 23rd 2018| Doors Open 11:00am | Event finishes 5:00pm | Gibson Mill | Hardcastle Crags | Hebden Bridge | HX7 7AP
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/281527135607690/
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/633952096937754/
Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/lensthinkyorkshire/
Yan Wang Preston: http://www.yanwangpreston.com/
Illuminate, a photography organisation aimed at providing a network and a platform to quality photographic practice in Hull.
Who are you, what's your motto? Illuminate is a photography network based in Hull and East Yorkshire where I am from. It was founded by myself, Verity Adriana, and fellow Hull artist Anna Bean back in 2014 after each of us had spoken at Redeye in Manchester. We agreed that Hull needed a network for the photographic talent that exists there to find support and opportunities. There are photography galleries and clubs in Hull but we felt there was a gap that Illuminate could help with, given our experience in the art world and our teaching experience.
Have you studied photography? What are your thoughts? I have studied photography at Leeds Arts University at postgraduate level, which was a fantastic experience not only at allowing me to develop my own practice but to seek out opportunities and commissions. It wasn't until I was putting my work in front of people that I became more confident and developed further as an artist. I consider my self a photographic artist and focus on the artistic practice of photography. I have had pieces exhibited in America, Italy, London and Hull and have been published in Lungs, Art Reveal, Yorkshire Art Journal and Guardian Online. I currently work at Coventry University on the Guardian ranked no1 Photography degree in the country as Assistant Lecturer, a job I love!
What is Illuminate? Where did the idea arise from? What has the group achieved so far? Illuminate is a photography network based in Hull that is run by myself, Verity Adriana and was co founded with Anna Bean. We knew there was a gap in the photography scene in Hull for local artists to showcase their talent and provide them with opportunities. Having both worked as lecturers for many years we knew how to nurture talent and help people develop. Once you have learned how to use a camera, what can you do with it? How can you express your ideas or document what you are interested in? We began by putting out a call out in Hull and surrounding areas for people to come and speak at our first event, Illuminate: Speak. We were overwhelmed with applications of all kinds of levels of experience and genre. We ran our first presentation event, where eight Hull based photographer each spoke about their work to a room full of the Illuminate audience. This was so popular that we ran two more events and featured artists such as Graeme Oxby, Rich Wiles, Saskia Blacker and Les Monaghan to name but a handful. Illuminate has showcased the work of various photographic practitioners of international acclaim and hobbyists alike; we are particularly interested in artists that show a sophistication of ideas and development as well as technical ability.
Tell us more about Project Legacy 2018 and your successful funding bid. From there I wrote a project based on an idea Anna had seen work for another organisation, where we would commission two artists as well as ourselves, to produce a body of work that investigates the legacy of the City of Culture post 2017 in Hull. We put another call out in on social media and selected two artists called Anete Soda and Karim Skalli, (both Hull based and photography graduates), whose proposals we felt were the most interesting in how they would explore the idea of the impact of the city of culture in Hull's makers, public, artists, venues, spaces and places, businesses and developments. It is obviously very early to really understand the full potential of the legacy however this project will be interesting in how it can explore the early days, and in a way is becoming part of the legacy itself, by continuing to explore and produce art in Hull that is about the city.
We are passionate about paying artists, rather than expecting that they work for free or for 'exposure'. So I put together a successful funding bid sent to Hull City Council, and we can now pay each artist a small fee to make the work. I will be looking at other sources of funding also, as we will need further resources when it comes to production and exhibition time!
Can people get involved with what you are doing? If so, how? Absolutely, we plan on having public events, discussions and engagement. So far the project is in its infancy, or development phase, so as we build and progress what we are doing we are putting out a series of posts online across the website and social media, introducing each artist and their ideas and practice. I would encourage everyone to follow us, not only to see who we are and what we are doing, but how they can engage with future events and contribute to the project.
What does the group have planned for the future? For the immediate future we plan on each artist developing our projects, researching and making images. I am deep in the research stages, and have been lucky enough to speak to city planners, historians, artists and even the mayor in Londonderry, the previous hosts of City of Culture - as well as reading up on culture, arts and photographic practice in culture. As a group we will be producing resolved works by December and plan to exhibit in spring 2019 in Hull. I have also contacted the Culture team in Coventry so that potentially the exhibition could travel. I also want to find further funding for us to help us produce and exhibit. We have further plans for exhibition time, but for now they are secret and will be announced nearer the time!
The University of The West of England, Bristol graduate Alex Ingram was featured on Photograd previously with his series David's House. The series was published into a photobook in 2016 and Alex is now working in a new series of work, The Gatekeepers, which featured in the first edition of our zine, PGZ129, released earlier this year.
We introduce you here to images from The Gatekeepers which is currently a work in progress as Alex continues to return to the islands to make more images.
Scattered across the small islands surrounding the UK live lone wardens, spending their lives in quiet solidarity, away from the crowded, overpopulated landscapes of our urban world. Their role: to maintain and manage the preservation of their islands natural beauty and wildlife for future generations, whilst conducting research into these incredibly delicate ecosystems.
With limited access to the mainland during the winter months, no fresh running water, and under constant attack from harsh storms and perilous currents that can see them marooned for weeks at a time, it is not a role many are suited for.
What is it like living so close to the mainland, but yet so far removed from social norms? How do they cope when the currents are too strong to make it back over for fresh food and supplies? What is it like living without the modern day technologies that we take for granted? And how do they adapt and overcome these daily obstacles with limited human contact?
Over the next two years, these are the questions I want to explore. I will be visiting these remote islands and spending time with the wardens that have chosen to spend their lives there, in the hopes of better understanding what life is like living in some of the most beautiful, yet inhospitable landscapes in the UK.
In a world that is changing at a rapid pace, I want to question how this simplistic way of life fits within our modern world.
Preview: Thurs 28th June 2018, 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Exhibition: Fri 29th – Sat 30th June, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Sun 1st July, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Venue: Safehouse 1, 139 Copeland Road, Peckham, London, SE15 3SN
The photography organisation Revolv Collective is celebrating its first anniversary with the One Year exhibition at Safehouse 1 in South East London, from Thursday 28th June to Sunday 1st July 2018.
To discover unseen digital, analogue and alternative photography, an open call went out to non-professional photographers, art graduates and current BA and MA students to submit a single image and contextual information.
The result is a stunning and varied collection by 77 photographers from 13 countries. On the opening evening, Revolv will officially launch an app, which will be an essential part of the interactive experience of the show. Another feature of this exhibition will be a Google Chrome Extension, where all the winning and shortlisted images will be included.
Joint statement by Revolv: “Our four-day One Year exhibition features beautiful and thought-provoking photographs by incredible talents from the UK and around the world, both previous Revolv contributors and many new to the platform. Tackling an array of important contemporary subject matters, via a diverse range of photographic styles and techniques, it is a fitting celebration of our mission: to provide greater exposure and opportunities for emerging photographers.”
At the preview on the Thursday, the founders of Revolv will reflect on the successes and challenges faced in the past year. Guests will also receive an insight into the selection of the images on show and find out about the Collective’s exciting upcoming plans.
During the main show, from Friday to Sunday, exhibiting artists are invited to bring additional works to spark open informal discussions. Members of the public, and prospective future Revolv contributors, are encouraged to come along and get involved and take part in our exhibition.
ART DURHAM is a new and vibrant visual arts festival jointly organised by Durham University and Durham County Council. Along with Durham Festival of the Arts and DJazz, ART DURHAM celebrates Durham’s music, theatre and visual arts scene with exhibitions, events and workshops across the city throughout June.
Durham based photographer Chris Younger will be taking over an empty retail store in the heart of Durham city centre with his new exhibition The Clearing. Younger invites us to consider the experience of being human. The Clearing is a space where we can reflect on our sense of self, ideas, and experiences. In The Clearing we build our understanding of ourselves, others and the world.
The Clearing began as a response to the difficulties the artist felt in talking about his photography to others. This developed into an exploration of deeper anxieties regarding integrity, authenticity and self.
The Clearing draws inspiration from the work of German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Most influentially his notion of our anxieties arising from the conflict of being in the world and being with others.
The exhibition runs from 4th – 17th June in the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, located on Durham’s historic peninsula, only a few minutes walk from Durham Cathedral. Entry is free.
Chris Younger (b. 1981, Newcastle) is an artist, photographer and filmmaker living in rural Durham, UK. He recently completed a Masters degree (with distinction) in Photography at the University of Sunderland and is currently artist-in-residence at Durham University's Josephine Butler College.
He uses landscape photography to explore the interactions between people, places and nature over time. His highly autobiographical work analyses formal notions of landscape through the filter of his own experiences.
We have prints from The Clearing available in the Photograd Shop!
We’ve created a Fellowship with Loupe Magazine and will be bringing you news of brand new issues when they're released. Issue 7 has just landed and includes an interview with Matthew Genitempo who was selected as the winner of our recent collaborative call for work.
Issue 7 of Loupe is out now! If you are quick copies available for free from our amazing stockists.
Sticking with our theme of no theme, this issue contains our most diverse range of projects yet. It’s a real celebration of the varied styles in contemporary photography.
Matthew Genitempo won the Loupe x Photograd competition with his project Jasper, a poetic documentation of the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, and the men who live there. We loved the work so much we decided to put it on the cover.
Final year student Ema Johnston is featured with her fresh take on the much explored topic of drag, accompanied by Sarah Goad’s words.
If you can’t make it to stockist single copies, back issues and annual subscriptions are also available to purchase from our online store.
We hope you enjoy the issue!
30 JUNE / FREE / 11AM – 4PM
Join Zine-makers, publishers and photographers for a free all-day celebration of rare, hand made and self published books, journals and zines from the North West and beyond. The event will be held on Saturday 30 June from 11am – 4pm in the bright, covered Mann Island atrium space outside of the gallery. This will be a free event open to established publishers and enthusiasts alike and will be a great opportunity to meet with both local and established artists in the publishing community.
To submit, or for more information, get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with “Submission Zine & Photobook Fair” in the email subject. Please make sure to include a PDF of your publication along with a brief text for each book/print including:
- Contact details
- Front cover image
- Content preview
- Summary/description of work
- Publication dimensions
- Number of copies available
- Retail and trade prices
- Whether you plan to attend the fair as a seller
Due to the limited space, we may not be able to include all submitted work. To avoid disappointment, please get in touch before Monday 11 June and we will get back to successful applicants by Monday 18 June, when then selection process is complete.
Good luck and let us know if you're making a submission!
Calling 2018 photography graduates. This one's open to you!
We're looking for 11 photography graduates from UK university courses to be part of the second edition of our zine, PGZ, which will launch Summer 2018.
To submit, email a series of work, 100 word description, university, and website to email@example.com only with the subject 'ZINE'.
Submission deadline: 11th July. Open to 2018 photography graduates from UK courses only.
A big thank you goes to Spectrum for helping us to bring the second edition of PGZ to life.
We want your work!
To submit, email a series of work, description, university, and website to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission deadline: 13th June. Open to 2018 photography graduates from UK courses only.
A Photograd exhibition | Opening Thursday 24th May 2018 as part of PhotoEast
A selection of the Photograd community come together for PhotoEast 2018 to present work around the festival’s theme of Belonging | On display in the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building from 6pm Thursday 24th May - 6pm Sunday 24th June.
The Ipswich waterfront will be home to photographers who explore the theme of belonging in their work and Photograd featured graduates have come together to join in with the celebrations.
A collective of 12 photographers are representing Photograd and honouring the theme of Belonging at PhotoEast's second festival. Having been given one long wall in the universities Waterfront Building, Photograd have curated a varying sequence of work that is bound by these similar themes and attitudes. Differing print sizes entice the viewer to migrate through the space to view work at their own pace.
Each of the photographers in this exhibition have defined and secured the theme of Belonging in distinctive ways.
Norwich University of the Arts graduate Karim Skalli explores his identity and mixed cultural heritage though a series of photographs from which this image belongs. “As the son of an English mother and Moroccan father, the project attempts to show the coming together of cultures, the conflicts and juxtaposition created through merging English and Moroccan culture and the influence of this on my identity. The work ponders my western outsider gaze, my ‘cast on’ view of my father’s homeland whilst at the same time acknowledging my own sense of never being fully British.”
Newport University graduate Declan Connolly was part of the first Photograd exhibition in 2017 and continues to support, and be supported by, our community. “Becoming an Island addresses the themes of an isolated United Kingdom in the form of manipulated pebbles collected from its shores. Each image is a composite of a pebble photographed and re-photographed in various stages of physical erasure. Reflecting the audience's relationship with current Brexit negotiations, the work can be viewed as a series of coexisting and united objects or the immediate decline of a singular entity.”
Tom Owens studied at the University of Suffolk itself and graduated in 2014. Tom has continued to push his work since finishing his studies and presents here a new series, Estuarine Mud.
"This series is an extension of my successful Edgelands series. I repeatedly visit the same locations when making my work and it was a return visit to the source of my Edgelands project brought about by radical reshaping of the derelict factories at Cattawade to ready the site for a new railway depot that brought the creek at Cattawade into sharp focus. The series is shot from both sides of the Stour Estuary but only at dead low water on spring tides and with little or no wind. Most of the images are very early morning or just before sundown."
The exhibition can be seen at the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building until Sunday 24th June before it makes its way to Norwich.
University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building.