Showcases work that tackles big subjects
Commissions articles by experts on the theme to explore
100 pages, 240 X 170mm, portrait
Loupe magazine showcases work that tackles big subjects, ones that shape the human experience. Loupe is not a photography magazine written by photographers, Loupe commissions articles by experts on the theme to explore and contextualise the projects its features. In the landscape of photography magazines, Loupe is unique.
Issue 12 - Play - Play is the starting point for how we interpret the world around us, it develops the tools to navigate the world and form relationships. In this issue through photography and writing we have explored playful processes of photography, play therapy, nightlife, performance and identity, collaboration, virtual realities, and war play.
BODY COPY is the issue 12 cover story. Utilizing their background in theatre, circus, opera, puppetry, and stage illusion Mitchell Moreno reacts to adverts found on gay and queer hook-up sites. Through self-constructed sets and personas, Moreno portrays the envisioned characters and explores role play as a therapeutic tool to self acceptance.
Natalia Kepesz documents the increasing popularity of military-focused youth summer camps in Poland. These camps offer children adventure through ‘playing soldiers’ but Kepesz uneasy images allude to the darker side children play out scenes of war.
In an accompanying article, Tim Saunders, a military historian and ex-infantry officer explores the militarized generation of young Germans during the period of World War II.
Courtney Craven an ex-photographer and disabled gamer and writer uses in-game photography to document their exploration of the edges of the map within open-world computer games. In their written piece Craven raises questions of accessibility and representation in games and the wider gamer community.