The magazine of the art-form of the photo-essay
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine. Fabulous!”
Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film & documentary maker
Aug 2014 back issue
Life Force magazine is a free, monthly, online, photo-led magazine which celebrates the art-form of the photo-essay.
Our photo-essays are about great photography and pushing the boundaries of the medium to explore conciousness
and human perception, by harnessing the unique power that photography holds to capture a moment for analysis.
Our vision for Life Force magazine is that it should use photo-essays to entertain and enlighten whilst at the same
time never missing an opportunity to speak out for those in need or without a voice.
We don’t believe in voyeurism or in the exploitation of those less fortunate than ourselves. We have realised that the
only reason the photo-essays in Life Force magazine are proving popular is because they capture life by observing
and recording fleeting moments of human energy that are about hope, strength and optimism, despite perhaps
adversity. It therefore seems appropriate that Life Force magazine should be used to empower those that figure in
our photography. This is our long-term objective.
Damian Bird is a photographer and photojournalist with many
years of experience, working in war zones and trouble spots around
the globe. 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, Dazed & Confused,
The Face, Country Life and Geographical magazine.
Alice Bird (Mrs Damian Bird) has a background in Public Relations and
Marketing having worked in large London agencies on well-known consumer
brands and in smaller, in-house roles for eccentric entrepreneurs.
She works alongside Damian as his right hand woman and is
responsible for all marketing and web related issues.
About the Founders
Life Force magazine is dedicated to Paul Bird
1923 - 1993
Paul Bird (father of Life Force magazine Editor Damian
Bird) served with the British Navy from 1943 to 1945
during World War II and saw active service in Burma and
the Pacific. He was a war artist and two of his paintings
(commissioned by the Royal Navy during WWII) remain
in the Imperial War Museum in London to this day.
Bird was the Vice Principal of the Central School of Art
and Design, London, for twenty years during the 60s, 70s
and 80s and his teaching is considered to have been
“Whilst working on my degree in Photography (1991),
my Father became my most influential teacher
until his death in 1993. I learnt more from him about
photography than from any one else.” Damian Bird.
Paul Bird WWII, Officer RN
Paul Bird WWII, Officer RN