Hello – I’m Tim Clark, and I’m the founder and editor of 1000 Words – an online contemporary photography magazine.
Since 2008, we’ve commissioned and published more than 850 exhibition and photobook reviews, essays and interviews. Contributors include critics and writers such as David Campany, Susan Bright, Gerry Badger and Charlotte Cotton; as well as respected artists Wolfgang Tillmans, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Vanessa Winship and Lieko Shiga.
We’ve grown our audience to readers in over 120 countries and attracted an approximately 140,000 unique visitors to the site every month. We have made more than 55,000 Twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends, and we’ve seen nearly 20,000 followers sign up to our newsletter.
We’ve organised exhibitions and workshops, offered awards, and conducted countless talks and portfolio reviews. In 2014 and 2016 we were nominated for a prestigious Lucie Award in the ‘Photography Magazine of the Year’ category.
Now we need your help to launch our first print magazine.
2018 marks the 10th anniversary of 1000 Words, and what better way to celebrate than to publish a special print annual?
Designed by Sarah Boris, and printed in Italy, the publication will take the form of a beautiful 200-page bookish magazine featuring newly-commissioned content. At its core will be the high-quality reproductions of 10 portfolios from artists who, we believe, have built significant bodies of work and emerged as increasingly influential practitioners in the past decade. Those individuals include Jose Pedro Cortes, Laia Abril, Edmund Clark and Esther Teichmann to name but a few.
Other highlights include a series of highly-anticipated city guides. From New York to Milan, London to Shanghai, we’ll focus on the most engaging gallery spaces showing photography today. The magazine will also contain profiles on curators and collectors, opinion pieces on the art of photobook publishing as well as reflections on a decade’s changes in photography. Finally, we’ll delve into our archives and present a selection of memorable and talked-about articles from the 1000 Words back catalogue.
We want you to be part of the next phase of our development and support us in making the transition from web to print and then back again. This crowdfunding campaign is going to support the production costs associated with the print magazine, which includes printing, design, editorial and special anniversary projects.
As always with Kickstarter, if we don’t hit our target then the publication just simply won’t see the light of day. So please consider supporting our campaign by ordering a copy of the magazine, picking up one of the rewards or sharing this video amongst your networks.
“1000 Words is a fantastic online platform engaged in pushing the boundaries of photography in both the consistent selection of interesting photographers and the intelligent, critical reviews.”
Yossi Milo, Director at Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
“1000 Words is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in contemporary photography and one of the key places I go to in order to find out what is new and exciting. It helps keep me abreast of upcoming photographers and is consistently rigorous in its selection and insightful in its reviews. A real source of information and informed opinion.”
Sean O'Hagan, Photography Critic at The Guardian
“I would need more than 1000 words to explain how useful, enriching and easy it is to use and enjoy this magazine. The place to find out what is going on in photography and why!”
Cristina de Middel, Photographer
“1000 Words is one of the few online magazines I regularly visit. Its hallmarks are the consistency of its editorial selection in the work they choose to feature and in commissioning new writers to write about photography.”
Brett Rogers, Director at The Photographers’ Gallery, London
“A few words about 1000 Words. Tasteful, insightful and smart. And consistently and reliably so. Here’s to another ten years.”
Christian Patterson, Photographer
Extent: approx 200 pages + cover
Size and Format: 30 x 22.5 x cm portrait
Print and Material: -152 pages printed 4+4 + offset protection varnish both sides on paper Profibulk 1.1 135 gsm
-48 pages printed 1+1 + offset protection varnish both sides on paper Munken Polar Rough 100 gsm
-Cover printed 4+0+ offset protection textured gloss lamination on paper Magno Volume 350 gsm
Binding: Sewn binding
There are a whole range of costs involved in producing a print magazine from research, commissioning new content, design, printing and distribution. The expenditure breaks down as follows:
Reward Production + Shipping: 25%
Special Anniversary Projects: 5%
Kickstarter Fees: 10%
The 10 year anniversary print edition of 1000 Words features some of the leading writers and artists working within the field of photography today, including:
Laia Abril, Simon Baker, Gerry Badger, Susan Bright, Daniel C Blight, David Campany, Francesca Catastini, Federico Ciamei, Natasha Christia, Peter J. Cohen, Matthew Connors, Edmund Clark, Tim Clark, Sam Contis, Sara Davidman, Elizabeth Edwards, Matt Finn, Peter Fraser, Michael Grieve, Dominic Hawgood, Taco Hidde Bakker, Greg Hobson, Max Houghton, Rein Jelle Terpstra, Sara Knelman, Christian Patterson, Jose Pedro Cortes, Leigh Ledare, Alexandra Lethbridge, Edgar Martins, Jeremy Millar, Mimi Mollica, Vittorio Mortarotti, Gemma Padley, TJ Prouchel, Bryan Schutmaat, Arpita Shah, Lucy Soutter, Ilaria Speri, Lisa Sutcliffe, Esther Teichmann, Emilia Terraciano, Stefan Vanthuyne, Erik Vroons, Luke Willis Thompson, Carmen Winant, Vanessa Winship, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Duncan Wooldridge, and Francesco Zanot.
Print Edition of 1000 Words 10 Year Special Anniversary Issue
2x Print Edition of 1000 Words 10 Year Special Anniversary Issue
Product Pack - Tote Bag, A2 Poster & Bookmark
Limited Edition Prints
Tim Clark is a curator, writer and editor. Since 2008 he has been Editor in Chief and Director at 1000 Words. Also previously Associate Curator at Media Space, The Science Museum in London, exhibitions he worked on included Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy (2015) and Gathered Leaves: Photographs by Alec Soth (2015-2018), a major, mid-career touring retrospective that travelled to The National Media Museum, Bradford; The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; FOMU, Antwerp and Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
He has organised many exhibitions independently, such as Peter Watkins: The Unforgetting at Webber Gallery (2017) and Rebecoming: The Other European Travellers at Flowers Gallery (2014), featuring Tereza Zelenkova, Virgilio Ferreira, Lucy Levene and Henrik Malmstrom. Together with Greg Hobson he curated Photo Oxford 2017, comprising numerous solo presentations by Edgar Martins, Mariken Wessels, Martin Parr and Sergei Vasiliev and Arkady Bronnikov from The Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive.
He writes widely for the likes of FOAM, TIME Lightbox, Photoworks, Objectiv and The British Journal of Photography, as well as in exhibition catalogues and photobooks. He is also a visiting lecturer on the MA in Photography at NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.
Sarah Boris is graphic designer and art director based in London. She was Associate Art Director at Phaidon Press until February 2015 and has since founded her eponymous design studio. Current clients include The Photographers’ Gallery, an ongoing collaborator with whom she has developed the publication Loose Associations.
Other notable projects include her redesign of the ICA’s identity, the design of Alias for Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, the design of the bestselling monograph of JR published by Phaidon and her book Le Théâtre Graphique. She has worked for organisations which include Tate, the Barbican Centre, Le Bal, the Architecture Foundation, Triangle Network and Gasworks amongst others. She has also collaborated closely with many artists including Noémie Goudal, Eduardo Padilha, Simon Tegala, Will Holder, Sion Parkinson, Lis Rhodes and JocJonJosch.
Her designs have been featured in numerous books and magazines such as Types We Can Make, Swiss Typography, ECAL; Common Interest: Documents; Design for a Good Cause, Index Books; 10 Years of Ideas that Matter, Sappi; Business Cards 3: Designs on Saying Hello by Michael Dorrian and Liz Farrelly; The Graphic Eye: Photographs by Graphic Designers from Around the Globe by Stefan Bucher and Natalia Ilyin; Grafik; idPure; Swiss Magazine of Graphic Design; Design Week and Stereohype.
Thanks to Carlos Jimenez for his film and editing services in producing this Kickstarter video. Thanks as well to those artists who have kindly donated limited prints: Francesca Catastini, Federico Ciamei, Matt Finn, Alexandra Lethbridge and Mimi Mollica.
We would like to also extend our gratitude to the following for their generous support of this anniversary project: Norman Clark, Frederique Destribats, Hannah Hughes, Anita Johanovic, Chris Littlewood, Francesca Maffeo, David Moore, David Solo, Lucy Soutter, Christopher Stewart, Stefano Stoll, Hazel Watts and Duncan Wooldridge.
Risks and challenges
While there are many challenges involved in publishing, our core project team have considerable experience in producing magazines, exhibition catalogues and photobooks. Furthermore, we will be working in close relationship with the printer, and we have also set a realistic timeline for delivering the different stages of work and possess a thorough grasp of the procedures involved. Some additional research and commissioning of new content still needs to take place over the coming months, but we have a proven track record of delivering editorial products successfully and therefore do not anticipate any problems in this regard.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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