A message from the editor

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I hope you’re well and enjoying the season so far. Lots has changed for selfPortrait since we last posted and, as I’m in the midst of editing issue 1, I thought it fitting to update our readers on our progress and transformation.

I founded selfPortrait to share the dazzling work of self-portrait photographers across the globe, which we began doing in January this year, through online features. My ultimate goal at this point was to set up a print and digital magazine which could be purchased by our readers on the website, while also running the selfPortrait Foundation, which published useful how-to and thought pieces on improving/developing one’s self-portraiture.

What I’ve come to realise, though, is that commercialising this magazine doesn’t sit comfortably with me. As a self-portrait artist myself, especially when I was younger, all I wanted was some direction and to feel part of a community, and to shut those who can’t afford a magazine out of the pinnacle of what we’re creating feels wrong.

So, issue 1 will be available to read and download for free on the website this August.

We will soon be inviting artists to contribute their own how-to and thought columns for the Foundation, with a view to selfPortrait becoming a special non-profit which inspires and supports those interested in self-portrait photography – no matter where they are in the world, no matter what their means.

I’ve been experimenting with my own work this month, as I’ve finally had a little time off work and can see the wood for the trees creatively. Above is a glimpse, and you can find more on my work and background at katherineapril.com. At some point soon I plan to share a thought piece myself, hence introducing my work at this important juncture.

Best wishes,

Katherine

P.S. Don’t forget to follow selfPortrait on Instagram, Twitter and to add your work to the Flickr group in the weeks ahead

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