Freedom, curiosity and change are at the core of the project The Eyes, since its inception and through its continuous development, in accordance with the team’s ideas, desires and intuitions. We chose not to impose marketing constraints. Our partners have followed us in this process and we thank them. It is a risky gamble but a commitment that we share with our readers.
There are a few constants that drive us: the promotion of challenging auteur photography and viewing it as a tool with which to think about the world; breaking down walls by reaching out to people developing in other fields – directors, plastic artists, writers and researchers; and the recognition of the book as one of the best distribution vectors.
These ambitions remain. They are now expressed in a new form, with a revised design by Pete Jeffs to devote more space to the image (though without renouncing longer texts, one of our trademarks), and with a taste for transverse themes.
It was electrifying to discover Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril’s book La Grieta before its publication in Spain at the end of 2016, and their use of the codes of photography, graphic novels and journalism to evoke the borders of Europe and the migrant crisis. This editorial UFO now published in four languages led us, along with photography historian Michel Poivert, to focus on a notion almost as old as photography: the photographic narrative – to be discovered in this edition’s “Portfolios” section.
A reflection extended to the « Bibliomania » pages, with contributions about striking publications such as Dominique Darbois’ series “Les Enfants du monde” [Children of the World] or Raised by Wolves by Jim Goldberg, book critiques and a conversation with Sophie Calle.
The « Forum » section continues to explore the photographic agora, with reports on exhibitions, fairs and awards. In an open world with incessant come-and-go, we have chosen to include a series of portraits of prominent present-time personalities, such as Florian Ebner, recently appointed head of the Centre Pompidou’s Cabinet de Photographie; independent curator Tristan Lund; and collector Marin Karmitz.
The Eyes, an annual photography magazine to collect, in which aesthetics and ideas complement each other: this is what we want to offer you around these new ambitions.