Under Water Ken Griffiths Head over Heels: Caroline Irby
We Were Here Lucian Read
Survivors Jodi Bieber
Proof of Life Sara Terry
Out of Line Stuart Griffiths
Eyes Wide Open Andrew Testa
Jesus and the Cherries Jessica Backhaus
In Search of Midaq Alley Rod Shone
The Road Less Travelled Yann Mingard
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It’s that time again … and, of course, it’s the passing of time that drives production and publication of this, and every other, magazine. The word “magazine” itself derives from the concept of storing and saving moments in time, a repository for features that reflect the years in which we live. Apart from originating in a photographic aesthetic, all the stories in this issue of EI8HT question time. The Survivors, as photographed by Jodi Bieber, bring with them a recollection from the past and a vision of the future through Jodi’s sympathetic but unflinching triptychs. Sara Terry’s Proof of Life is inextricably linked to the past, remembering the Bosnian war ten years on. Sara has been mindful not to let her work be overwhelmed by the country’s painful history, instead her images look forward and reveal a brighter future that only time can deliver.
Elsewhere in this issue we discover the ex-soldiers in Stuart Griffiths’ photographs struggling to redefine their present and future; Andrew Testa’s images of the Moken sea gypsies seemingly suspended in time, holding on to an existence despite the changes wrought by a new world; and we follow in the footsteps of Rod Shone as he reads from a 1940s text to guide his impressions of contemporary life observed in the alleyways of Cairo.
For us at EI8HT, photography, with the basic principles of shutter speed and exposure, presents the ultimate means to capture and depict time: uniquely, photography allows us to extract a single instance, record it and, over time, take meaning from it. Max Houghton writes eloquently in this issue’s essay about the principles that photographers, editors and curators of photography archives follow to create meaningful and lasting documents. Max explores how time and memory continually shape the reading of photographs to influence our understanding of events.
And, one more thing, before I run out of time… you may have noticed EI8HT’s change of address. Yes, we have moved to new premises on Honduras Street in London with roomy offices and an extra floor for a gallery. What better way to compliment our concepts of time than space!