MOSSLESS Magazine Issue 3 Kickstarter Campaign

Here over at LINTROLLER, we love MOSSLESS, ever since it was a strictly online project. Romke (and Grace) — have gone far in their contribution to the culture of contemporary photography. MOSSLESS is planning to take a huge leap in their latest issue, and they need your help to get there.

We are very excited about the book (as we gotten to take a quick sneak peek during our studio visit not too long ago.)

A composition of over 550 photographs from The United States taken by over 100 photographers in the last ten years.

What is Issue Three?

After a year of research, we spent five hard months producing Issue Three: The United States (2003-2013), an anthology of sorts, but rather a composition, of photographs of America from the last ten years. We encountered every photograph on the internet, on personal websites, or through Tumblrs, Flickr, and so on. We got hooked on the search, finding photographer after photographer with fascinating work about the lands and the people of this country. We have found among them photographers that rival the great American photographers of the past. But we wanted to publish the works all together to follow the changing atmosphere in photography.

Grace and I (Romke) are young artists living in New York. In between looking for jobs, we’ve been putting any free time to good use. We know how hard it is for photographers, too: instead of offering exposure in exchange for publishing their work, we are offering a share of the profits, to all 118 photographers involved. We are crediting each photographer’s website and we are publishing the blogs that inspired us, too. In searching for the work, we gave precedence to the photos we saw, not the artists who took them, and all photographs were first encountered online. We made a rule of it: any photographer who did not post work online (or had removed their work) was not considered. We believe what has been posted online should not be ignored.

We have inkjet printed a single copy of Issue Three, which was unveiled at the MoCA in Los Angeles during the LA Art Book Fair (Jan 30th—Feb 3rd). The music in the video above is by Stefan Niedermeyer. We will be linking a full flip-through of the book shortly.

We want to publish this book. We want to print it right and in America. Shapco in Minneapolis, to be specific. We’ve gotten a detailed quote from them and that is what we are raising our funds for.

If you back this project, not only are you supporting the creation of an anthology of new American photography, you will also be supporting a new concept in publishing’s relation to the internet, as well as an independent publishing model that supports its artists fairly. If Issue Three succeeds in funding, we will keep at it. In fact, we already have some of our next projects lined up and ready to go, including a fascinating new dissertation on independent publishing. But we need to make Issue Three to make any of that happen, and to do that, we need you.

To learn more or contribute, please visit the MOSSLESS Kickstarter page.