[update] It's only been a few days but we've already reached our goal. We know it wasn't a high bar but we're so thankful for all the support that came in so quickly after our launch. It tells us we're doing something right!
Why back us now? The excess funding will help us fund our plans to create video content—we're filming our first conversation session on February 25th—and photo zine projects we're currently developing.
On January 1st we launched a brand new online magazine about photography and politics. It's filled with deep conversations by a diverse cast of independent photographers, writers and publishers, and it's all showcased with beautiful design.
The creators of three independent publications (The Heavy Collective, The Ones We Love & Mossless) came together to make this happen. It's designed to exist as a place for rich and vital discourse, made for the community by the community. That's why we called it The Reservoir.
If you’d like to see this last for years, please consider supporting our project by donating as little as $1 to our Kickstarter. Our web hosting fees are $120 per year, which we hope to cover through this campaign. If we raise more than we need, we’ll put that towards charitable printed zines and books in the future.
The images you're seeing here are from our homepage. It's a quick look at our first issue. You can either jump straight to each article, or start by clicking Issue One — when you'll do that you'll get to see covers for each story and the issue itself.
Here's how it got started.
It read: "I wonder how we can mobilize the breadth of our photo resources and contacts to oppose Trump and show the people he's denigrated that they're loved and valuable — in civic society and our innermost lives."
Those words kicked off an effort to produce a new magazine to collect vital conversations within photography that have political affect; an affordable newsprint zine that everyone could access and enjoy. The problem with that, however, is that there would be a whole lot of people who wouldn't be able to access that content. So we decided to build a new website.
Since then, the breadth of topics has expanded but it still circles around ethics, often even wading into discussing photography's shortcomings. Those are conversations we think are important to have, now more than ever.
We hope you'll support us, even if just by a dollar. Maybe you'll even consider contributing to a future issue — our ears are open.
Risks and challenges
If we don't raise the money we need, we'll have to keep paying for this project out of pocket (our basic web costs are $120/year). Since we're already putting in a whole lot of time to make this work, we worry we'll run out of steam sooner than we'd like if it's all on us.
Just a heads up — part of the reason we're asking for so little is because there's a good chance we'll be raising funds like this each year. It's the best way for us to only ask for a small amount of support and we hope you'll agree that it's fair.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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