Written by Harry Flook –
Issue 9 is out now! Make sure you pick up a free copy before they run out, or order from our online store if you can’t make it to a stockist.
For our final unthemed issue we’ve picked a selection of projects which distill Loupe’s ethos: to share new work from deserving photographers across varied genres.
For this issues lead feature, I had the joy of talking to fashion-come-documentary photographer, Juan Brenner, about his first major body of work. Tonatiuh explores how 300 years of colonial rule has shaped Guatemala’s present situation, and is so compelling that it inspired the theme of our next issue, National Identity.
Loupe regular, Rosie Wadey, shows us around Hollie Fernando’s portfolio, summing up her simple and evidently effective creative approach: create sincere work.
In this issue’s regular features: Shutterhub founder Karen Harvey talks to Luke Archer, about her organisations efforts to promote a healthy photographic community; Gemma Padley reviews Ian Howarths recently published attempt at soul searching, Arcadia; and Muir Vidler makes me want to well up, with his sincere portarit and words describing novelist Tyne O’Connell, the subject of an ongoing project.
The remaining work is made by photographers utilising new and unconventional approaches to documentary. Rory Carnegie makes Centerfold, with a landscape transformed beyond recognition, and Alex Colley’s image for the Portrait Page is surreal and staged. Tee Chandler takes an unusual approach to her family archive, revealing the hushed moments of intimacy between her uncle and his male lover; a heartfelt story elegantly summed up by Sarah Goad (the mind behind Another Graduate Show). And finally, Mike Murphy takes a cliched technique, points it at a hackneyed subject, and produces something altogether new and brilliant; his obscure panoramic images are a welcome new vision of Los Angeles.
As ever, we’re all proud to bring you Loupe free of charge, and hope you enjoy the issue.
Harry Flook is a photographer, writer, and educator working at Hereford College of Arts, alongside writing and editing for Loupe magazine. You can follow his work and words at www.harryflook.com