Single Issue No. 16

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LG No. 16, 71 pages. (1 PDF issues). Cover image by Ian Berry.
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Dear Climate Change Archivists at University of Toronto Technoscience Research Unit:

It’s time to plant the spikes of our tripods firmly in the ground. A well-known starship captain once said, “The line must be drawn here! This far, no further!” Across the globe, fascism and Demagoguery are on the rise. As photographers and citizen journalists, we have a responsibility to act. We have media tools like no other time in the history of our species. There is no excuse to turn a blind eye or make dormant our individual or collective voices.

Drawing this line is not a partisan issue, nor one that can be described as Liberal or Conservative. This moment in time is a referendum that will determine the extent of our right to free expression for the foreseeable future.

That sounds scary, what can WE do, Looking Glass Editor? I’m glad you asked! Get active and encourage others to do the same. Pick an action word from the box. Do you love landscapes? Document your favorite landscape, show people your art, express how important it is to you that the places you care about stay pristine. Are you into street photography? In the USA, you can photograph nearly anything you can see from a public place as long as there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. Stand your ground and never give up film or a memory card without a search warrant. Is your religious faith or spiritual practice a tradition of tolerance and social justice? Namaste, Brother! Make and exhibit a series of portraits that express those values. Are you some bohemian that needs to paint himself gold and ride a single-speed naked around the playa? Get your freak on, bro. We need you, too.

Will we all be working at Magnum by the end of 2017? Probably not. But ponder this, hundreds of journalists were imprisoned in 2016. Major newspapers such as the Chicago Sun-Times fired most of their photographers over two years ago. It’s up to artists, activists, and ordinary people to maintain vigilance, to keep pushing back against those that would curtail our rights.

There will be difficult conditions ahead. There will be times when we will have to pick ourselves up and choose to keep moving forward. When you think you’ve had enough, with nothing more to give, (Geez, this sounds like The Gipper singing R.E.M.) remember a short motivational speech that my wise girlfriend once gave me: “Get happy, Mister!” We can do this.

Welcome to LG16, The People’s Issue! In this issue, we showcase incredible work from many contributors. In our series From This Side, Paula Chamlee takes us on a tour of Paris Photo spreading the good news that there is something for everyone.

In Ramblings, David Roberts discovers a surprising landscape of people in Blinman, Australia. In The Way I See It, Alan Ross discusses what the Zone System does and reveals a secret about who actually controls the look of the final print. You are in for a treat with our interview of legendary Magnum photographer, Ian Berry. His portfolio is stunning with life experience to match, and we are grateful to share his work. Gordon Undy pulls a lovely print from the file drawer by Zigi Georges in My Collection. John Wimberley captures the plumed serpent in his column The Silver Bulletin. Finally, we have the immense pleasure of showcasing wonderful work from our 2016 Call for Entry. Twenty-three works were selected by our editors that display a diverse portfolio of composition and process from abstracts to landscapes to still life. There really is something for everyone.

Happy New Year from Looking Glass Magazine!

LG No. 16, 71 pages. (1 PDF issues). Cover image by Ian Berry.

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