We are excited to announce the release of Issue 10! This issue contains a diverse range of emerging and established photographers as well as a chapter from the book 27 Contexts: An Anecdotal History of Photography, a review of Parker Woods' monograph, and flash fiction inspired by vernacular photography. Copies are on their way to subscribers.
The contributing writers for this issue are photographers, educators, critics, and curators from around the country. Their diverse backgrounds provide unique insights and perspectives on the featured photography, and the photo community at large.
Issue 10 Writers:
The words Film Is Not Dead are stamped on the back of my sweatshirt in big, bold letters. In a time when doomsday narratives dominate discussions about the arts, I wear this declaration neither not antagonize digital photographers (I am one myself) nor to seek validation from film shooters, but to cheekily remind myself that growth in one aspect of the industry does not always mean the death of another. With each new generation, photographic technology evolves. From the first "fixed shadow" to film, digital, and now mobile photography, each advancement builds on the other and none have been forgotten.
The photographers that we publish in Don't Take Pictures use a variety of photographic tools from the historic to contemporary to realize their ideas. The nature of the art market is changing at every level, creating both challenges and opportunities for artists, galleries, collectors, and enthusiasts. Undoubtedly the photography market today is considerably different from Alfred Stieglitz's time, but a well-crafted still image continues to pack a punch. Great photographs stand the test of time, regardless of the tools they were made with. Film may no longer be the most widely used photographic medium, but it hasn't died, and neither has photography. The desire to make, and to see, is why great imagery will always be with us. I cannot wait for what comes next.
— Kat Kiernan