foto:RE’s mission is to highlight and celebrate photography as art, to showcase and elevate photographers as artists, to transfer photographic knowledge and techniques, and to build a supportive and congenial community of photographers. Over the last ten years we’ve done that, very successfully.
And while our decade-long history of social gatherings, public critiques, workshops and photography festivals have been well received and influential, they are still not something you can hold in your hand; you can’t show them to a friend who wasn’t there.
How can we say: “this is foto:RE” to someone who doesn’t yet know?
foto:RE|VIEW is an answer to that question. It is a tangible, physical counterpoint to the ephemeral, social activities that have thus far comprised foto:RE.
We’re creating a single volume — one year, four issues — of a beautiful large-format quarterly journal that celebrates photographers and their work, in conjunction with complementary essays. Focusing on a single volume instead of trying to create an ongoing publication allows us to have a circumscribed amount of work. We know what our budget will be, and we know what our tasks will be. It’s a big project for a small group of people, but it’s achievable.
We’ve decided on a larger format for our magazine so the photographs can be properly appreciated. Each issue will have between 70 and 90 pages. Long enough to curl up with while enjoying your favourite beverage. And with enough text to go along to make for thoughtful reading, not just fast page flipping.
We’ve chosen a larger than average size in order to maximize the impact of the photographs. And we’ve added a 20% grey background to allow the highlights of black and white images to pop off the page.
With funding from the Waterloo Region Arts Fund (and others), and support from professional editors, designers and publishers of photography books, we’re confident that foto:RE|VIEW will hit the very high bar for photography publications. And with the content we’ve got planned for our four issues, we’re certain we are creating a journal that’s not only worth reading once, but worth keeping as a reference.
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