As we face this global crisis, we often find ourselves at a loss for words. Calm words seem a paltry response to the enormity of a disaster. We feel an urgent need for contemplation.
Like everyone else, photographers, artists, writers, gallery owners, and cultural institutions see their lives turned upside down.
We have lost count of the events put on hold, postponed, or simply cancelled. In New York, Paris, Rio: in every corner of the world.
For many, the weeks to come will be an ordeal.
We will be forced to reckon with ourselves, with our personal choices and responsibilities. We will be forced to reflect on the world, our travels and daily commutes, our lifestyles, and our fates.
As a magazine dedicated to photography, we wish to treat this time as an opportunity to share our passion with renewed energy. We will continue to be a space where you can escape and reflect, a space of questioning and invention, a space of inspiration.
Like a gasp of fresh air that we can no longer breathe freely, the words of our journalists, addressing images and insights of photographers, will, we hope, be a bulwark against boredom and a ray of sunlight amid prevailing gloom.
Since exhibitions have been suspended, we will talk about the artists who were supposed to show their work and can no longer do so.
We will shed light on their daily lives as they unfold.
Since photographers can no longer leave their homes, they take refuge in their darkrooms, where once again they let light flood the paper.
This light we intend to safeguard, display, and interpret.
By Jean-Baptiste Gauvin
© John Mark Smith on Unsplash (detail)