Dotphotozine Launches a Bigger, Bolder Second Issue
In PDNedu’s spring 2012 issue (Project X) we brought you news of Dotphotozine, a real magazine you can hold in your hands—how many of those are around anymore?—and an associated Web site, which was launched in June 2011 by Michelle Cade, a California State University, San Bernadino (CSUSB) photo major, Thomas McGovern, a CSUSB professor and the school’s Photo Club. The magazine, which publishes an annual issue in print and regularly updated Web content, launched its second print issue this June.
On June 9, the magazine held a launch party and group exhibition at LIFEWORK gallery/studio in Palm Springs. Hard copies of Dotphotozine were available for sale and prints from many of the featured photographers were on display. The exhibition was co-curated by Amanda Clark and even had a live sidewalk chalk painting by artist Luis Castro.
Dotphotozine’s second issue is a glossy, professional image showcase, featuring a range of both student and professional photographers within its pages. Bearing the provocative title “Concerning the Meaning of a Photograph” the image styles inside vary widely from fine-art to portraiture to documentary and street photography, and mix black and white, color, digital and film processes. As McGovern says in his Note from the Editor, the unifying theme is the way that “photographers have chosen to forge their own path, mostly ignoring art and commercial convention.” This theme bears fruit in many of the more unconventional projects—Theodore Dehart’s intrusive photographs of strangers in elevators and Jenifer Recinos’ technicolored depictions of nude forms dyed by Indian Holi powder.
This photo department initiative seems to be gaining traction. After printing only 75 copies in the first issue, CSUSB’s student government, Associated Students Incorporated, provided enough funds this time for a run of 1,000 copies. Several photographers’ prints sold at the exhibition in June, with the proceeds going directly back to the artists and the Dotphotozine Web site is a smooth, beautifully designed site in its own right.
We look forward to seeing the cutting edge photographers that Dotphotozine will show us in future updates.