Issue #8 of 7.7 Magazine has just been published online, and includes my ongoing project “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” about a Serbian Roma community in transition. I’m very excited to see this project be shown again with a new audience, especially alongside other such terrific projects. Gianni Cipriano photographed a funeral home in Harlem, Monika Redzisz and Monika Berezecka made a series of portraits of Mothers and Verena Brandt documents a community of German expats in Thailand. This issue also includes a nice interview with Chien-Chi Chang and multimedia by Brenda Ann Kenneally.
You should also have a look at the past issues, which are all online. They include work by Tiana Markova-Gold, Tim Hussin and Aaron Huey, amongst many other great projects by people who I’ve just encountered. There is also a 7.7 Photo Award that is given annually, with more information on the website (click ‘Photo Contest’) and the requirements are here. Deadline is October 15, 2011.
I’ve written about ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’ on dvafoto before, introducing it in 2009 and updating on its progress and publication last June and August. Keep tuned, I have other ideas of where this project is headed.
Lastly, 7.7’s Manifesto, which I think is pretty nice:
We don’t care about the photo. We care even less about a photographic project. We care about the stories. And the way of looking at things.
Many times we’ve thought about those stories that, as documentary photographers, we wanted to give refuge. And we knew that they were not going to be like the work which we’ve seen so many times and with which we’ve grown up: a map of icons in exotic places where only terrible things happen and where people are just unhappy. A world of black or white, distant and different from the world around us.
And this is how we came to understand the need for a photography of proximity and profundity, a photography where the stories that are told contain all the hues found in this world we live in. Stories told with photos that create a link, that provoke thinking; a thinking as complex as reality, without good guys or bad guys, without heroes or villains.
This is why we decided to open this window: as a place to display different ways of looking at things, visions committed to what surrounds us, and in a constant practice of understanding (ourselves and others), of explaining ourselves to ourselves. We want to start looking through the cracks, the holes, the keyholes, with an open and a flexible spirit, strengthened by the free formats of the digital era.
This is an open space for the most diverse forms of building visual discourse and its possibilities, an interactive space, critical, rebellious, open, participatory. Restless and disturbing. This is an invitation to think, to abandon common places and to start doubting.
Welcome to the digital magazine for documentary photography.