The magazine of the photo-essay
April/May 2019 back issue
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film maker
Damian Bird To commission him or to request prints of his work: Damian Bird (born London, 1972)  is a photographer, photojournalist and lecturer with many years of experience, working in war zones and trouble spots around the globe.  He was educated in Photography at the Surrey College of Art and Design and at the London College of Communication where he studied for a post graduate degree in Photojournalism.  In 2011 he founded Life Force magazine with his business partner and wife of 16 years, Alice.  As well as Editing Life Force magazine, he is currently engaged in photographing a series of photo-essays on English culture and has recently returned to Afghanistan.His first book Seabird was released in November 2017.
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Stanley Kubrick “Nobody could craft a movie better than Stanley Kubrick. He is an inspiration to us all. Stanley was a chameleon with the astonishing ability to reinvent himself with each new story he told. I defy anyone who just happens upon a Kubrick film while channel surging to try with all your might to change the station – I have found this to be impossible.” Steven Spielberg
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He continues to have his work published in national and international newspapers and magazines  including The Times, the Telegraph, the Express, the Observer, GQ, Esquire, Daily Mail, Dazed & Confused,The Face, Country Life, Coast and Geographical magazine. He lives in Devon, England with his wife, four children and his dachshunds, Jessie and Wilhelmina.
Nat Finkelstein In the 1950s, Nat Finkelstein interned for legendary Harper’s Bazaar Art Director, Alexey Brodovitch, before moving on to supply photography for publications such as ‘LIFE’ magazine and ‘Sports Illustrated’. A commission from ‘Pagaent’ magazine in 1962 with a request to photograph the Pop Art scene, allowed Nat Finkelstein to meet Andy Warhol – and, stunned by the apparent decadence of life at the Factory, Finkelstein resolved to capture this environment teeming with the underground bourgeoisie. His fascination with the countercultures of the era led him to stay on as photographer at the Factory for three years, resulting in a collection that has the glamour, energy and edge of a 1960s film set. Upon falling out with Warhol and his turbulent circle, Finkelstein left the Factory in order to pursue a more politically engaged lifestyle. In 1969, he fled the United States due to a federal drug charge. The allegations were ultimately dropped and Finkelstein returned to the U.S. a decade later to continue documenting artists, musicians, and subcultures including the international rave scene of the 1990s. Following his death in 2009, Nat Finkelstein’s wife Elizabeth established the Estate of Nat Finkelstein to continue the work he left behind and preserve his creative legacy. Images have since featured on licensed merchandise from companies including NARS cosmetics, Pepe Jeans and Uniqlo, in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation. Furthermore, his photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; V&A Museum, London; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; and the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC.
Rajib Singha To commission him or to request prints of his work: email Rajib Singha is a self-taught photographer and a teacher by profession who lives in   West Bengal, India. Rajib has contributed to multiple citizen journalism sites such  as Reuters Your View, Yahoo News, BBC Your View and others, along with national  news  dailies. As well, Rajib has won multiple photography competitions nationally  and  internationally.
Helen Levitt Born and raised in New York, Helen Levitt (1913-2009) has made most of her photographs in the city's streets. Her interest in photography began in 1931; she learned darkroom technique while working for a portrait photographer, and by age sixteen had decided to become a professional photographer. She was especially inspired by the photographs of Walker Evans and Henri CartierBresson, both of whom became friends. Levitt’s first major museum exhibition was at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943, and a second solo show, of color work only, was held there in 1974. Major retrospectives of her work have been held at several museums: at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; at the International Center for Photography in New York; at the Centre National la Photographie in Paris, among others.
Laurent Chéhère To commission him or to request prints of his work:  Laurent Chéhère’s works have been widely exhibited, e. g. at Paris Photo, The Fence, New York, the Lumiere Brothers Center, Moscow, the Mucem, Marseille. He lives and works in Paris.
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Hakan Strand To commission him or to request prints of his work: Håkan Strand is an award winning fine art Photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He brings his Scandinavian influences into his photography to create a style which is characterized by sophisticated simplicity of form, beauty, and lines. It pays tribute to the traditions of the old masters as well as to contemporary photographers such as Kirsten Klein and Michael Kenna. By making use of low light environments, between dusk and dawn, bad weather and gray cloudy skies, the artist creates his elegant and atmospheric black-andwhite photographs. Silent Moments is about turning away from the hectic pace of modern life, putting time aside for moments of stillness and timelessness. With his use of light and shade, rhythm and form, Strand reconnects us with nature in a special way.
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Iain McKell To commission him or to request prints of his work: Born in Dorset England, McKell studied graphic design at Exeter College of Art 1974-79 before moving to London in 1980 where he now works in fashion, advertising and social documentary. During the 80s, McKell photographed a completely unknown Madonna for her first magazine cover. She went to number one in the British charts the following week.He spent four years 1995-8 directing commercials and winning awards but returned to photography in 1999 to concentrate on personal work.  During this time he made a short film documentary about the underground Rave scene called Quest and directed pop videos.  For the last 6 years, McKell has run Photo Salons from his studio in west London co-hosted by photographer Alice Hawkins and curator  Flora Fairbairn and at the same time, Salons at the Whitechapel Gallery and the Serpentine gallery.McKell published his first book in 2004 entitled Fashion Forever, documenting British and American youth
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movements from Hip Hop to Trance Jungle parties.  He has most recently shot a fashion story with Kate Moss, and horse- drawn travellers in Somerset England for V magazine.Contributions to: Italian Vogue, luomo Vogue, Cassa Vogue, English Vogue, French Vogue, Dutch fashion magazine Zoo, Tank, Italian Flair, New York V magazine, The Face, i-D, Vice, The Observer, Sunday Times, Independent, New York WSJ, The Telegraph, British GQ, and 125 magazine. Features on Books Saturday Times, The Sunday Times, The New York Times Hot Shoe, BJP, Professional Photo and many more.  Commissions: Levis, Wranglers, JigSaw, Max&co, Red Stripe, Vladivar, Tia Maria, Mercedes Heineken, Kit Kat, Carlsburg.McKell lives in London with his daughter.
Ada Bligaard Søby To commission her or to request prints of her work: Ada Bligaard Søby(b. 1975) is a Danish documentary filmmaker and director. Ada was born in Denmark and grew up in a community of historians in a 16th century renaissance castle north of Copenhagen. Educated at the School of Visual Arts, New York and Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Art Photography. Later she assisted fashion photographer Terry Richardson around the time when he was making the Terryworld book and made motorcycle trips around the US with her camera and boyfriend. After four years in New York City she moved back to Denmark and became a member of the Copenhagen based filmmaker collective Super 16. She has shot documentaries for Nordic and International broadcasters in the US, China, Russia, Singapore, Finland and England.
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Chris Dade To commission him or to request prints of his work: Chris studied photography at degree level in The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, with a focus on children and human rights. As he became more passionate about this work, he naturally evolved into doing direct work within NGOs in advocacy and empowerment. He continues to work as both a photographer and a rights worker.His photography focuses on human rights, using the camera as a tool for empowerment to promote positive change and to challenge stereotypes. Currently, he is developing a platform for "Peace Photographers" to balance out the media focus on stories of war and social deprivation by instead depicting stories of resolution, forgiveness and possibility. He states: "These media images become narratives of our lives, both for the photographer and the viewer. By also focusing onthe positive, this gives us a new narrative of hope and possibility for a more evolved humanity." He works globally for NGOs and as a freelance photographer.
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