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A composition of over 550 photographs from The United States taken by over 100 photographers in the last ten years.
A composition of over 550 photographs from The United States taken by over a hundred photographers in the last ten years.
A composition of over 550 photographs from The United States taken by over a hundred photographers in the last ten years.
608 backers pledged $33,859 to help bring this project to life.

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We're thrilled to say that we've reached our goal! We are incredibly thankful and very excited to make this book happen. We can now afford to make the book and the zine. All further pledges will go toward extending the page count, improving the paper type and increasing the number of books we can print!

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 lead-in video is by Stefan Niedermeyer. Pablo Chea created our special preview with music by Flako. A full flip-through of the book is below with music by Ducktails.

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.

There are a number of prints that photographers have donated to us. For more information, scroll down. To see the prints, click here!

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Issue Three is by no means a complete anthology of this genre of photography. If anything, it comprises an incredibly narrow sliver of work we've seen, and there are countless contemporary photographers who are just as compelling. We just couldn't ask everyone... we had to stop somewhere! I personally believe it is possible to make this book again with an entirely different set of photographers, and given different genres, this concept of publishing select work from the internet can go very far and we are happy for anyone to adapt it. If you would like any information or tips for materials feel free to contact us.

A number of photographers from Issue Three have generously donated prints from their personal collection to support this project. They're available at a great price, but there's only one of each. Some are available in a group. To see all of the prints available, and to follow updates, click here. There are more to come.

Note: Unfortunately we are unable to take donations from photographers who are not in Issue Three. But thank you for thinking of us in that way!

 

What's Mossless?

Romke started Mossless as a blog in 2009 to interview a photographer every two days, with the intention of forming a print magazine in later years. Three years later he would publish his first Issue (also Kickstarter'd), which was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art. Grace and Romke started seeing each other at around the same time. Now they live and work together (in an apartment shared with five others) and they have created every book since Issue One together.

Risks and challenges

We have already produced all of the content for this book, so our only obstacle ahead is the cost of printing it, as well as the Zine. The production of the Limited Edition copies will be done in-house and will use a lot of our inks. If our printer fails or begins to malfunction, we may face an issue in creating those. It is an unlikely scenario, but if it were to happen, we will still be able to produce those books, just with fellow independent publishers.

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FAQ

  • Hi Amanda!

    If we reach our $25,000 goal, we'll likely use #50 Paperfect opaque smooth white for the contents.

    But our wish is to use better paper.

    If we raise more than $30,000, we will be printing on #50 French Newsprint, extra white vellum. It's this really nice off-white, thin, ziney paper that we would print on with UV inks to get a fantastic finish. Shapco previously did this with the Walker Art Center for their book Graphic Design: Now In Production.

    If we raise more than $35k we won't have to cut pages and if we raise more than $40k we'll be able to print more than one thousand copies!

    Best,
    Romke

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  • Hey Jesse,

    We haven't made that totally public yet. If you watch the full-flip through, you can catch the preview copy's masthead around 0:30 seconds in.

    We'll be releasing another promo video in about a week which will be a contributors list of sorts! Keep your eyes out for that.

    Until then, you can see sneaks elsewhere. The photographers we've been interviewing at VICE are all in the book. The posts on our blog that are tagged with "issue 3" are also related to the book:

    http://www.vice.com/tag/Mossless
    http://blog.mosslessmagazine.com/tagged/issue-3

    Hope that helps!
    Best,
    Romke

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