Welcome to the first issue of VIEW Magazine.
As someone with a keen interest in photography, technology and democracy (of the eye and politically) I think this is a great moment to start VIEW – a ‘zine that we hope to publish on a quarterly basis.
In our first issue you will find “Views”, a portfolio review of mostly unsung, talented photographers (many of whom I found on the web) whose simple passion for looking is exciting; “Projects”, which highlights some long-term assignments or personal passions; “Quotes”, our sincere attempt to introduce text on the subject by some great writers; “While You Were Away” which explores a different place of conflict in the world – starting with Palestine – through the unique perspective of people on the ground in whatever capacity they find themselves in; and our “Overview” section, which includes an information-graphics map displaying stats about this issue’s contributors, our short manifesto and ways to connect with us online.
The majority of the work shown here adheres to a simple visual role. To paraphrase from Roland Barthes’ writing, some photographs carry an almost hidden personal value – one which affects us, makes us feel touched. This viewing moment which ‘pierces the viewer’ (Barthes referred to it as “punctum”) is the moment I looked for in these selections.
These are inspiring times. With the advent of the iPad it’s now possible for independent/small publishers to release small-scale, tightly-curated publications and attempt to distribute them to a large audience. It’s my hope that the work here will effect you, the viewer, in a meaningful way as well.
Contributors in this issue
Amir Farshad Ebrahimi
Steven J. Syrek