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Eye newsletter
28 March 2020

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Dear friends

It goes without saying that our work on Eye’s special 100th issue takes place in a context that has no precedent. Everything is changing, and we are all understandably concerned for our family, friends, jobs, clients, businesses, research and studies.

Some of you have been kind enough to ask how we are doing, to which I have replied that we are ‘carrying on as normal while working furiously on Eye 100’. Most of the texts, images and adverts are in place, thanks to our worldwide network of writers, photographers, subeditors, loyal advertisers and other contributors and friends. This means that we hope to have everything ready to go to press in the next few weeks.

One thing we cannot predict is how what’s going on in the world will affect our efforts in getting this special issue out to our readers once it’s printed. Covid-19 is affecting every area of life, and that includes warehouses, shops, distribution systems, mailing services and myriad people who make it possible to send out a beautifully produced magazine to graphic design enthusiasts in more than 80 countries worldwide.

Whether you are a subscriber, someone who prefers to buy the issue from your local magazine shop or bookstore, or a student who gets it through university, we can’t yet be sure how and when it will reach your part of the world. Of course there are many more important things to fret about now, but once we’re sure that worldwide distribution can successfully go ahead, rest assured that Eye 100 will be winging its way to you, wherever you live.

In the meantime, we would like to remind you that a large part of Eye’s huge archive of graphic design writing is available for you to read – without paywall or pop-up – courtesy of our article-heavy website. Once Eye 100 has gone to press we will spend some time sprucing up the archive and publishing some classic Eye articles for the first time. Right now, you can read Rick Poynor’s latest Photo Critique ‘Whiteness made strange’, and the latest Books Received, free to access on the Eye website.

Thanks to our subscription team at ESco, the Eye webshop remains open to renew your subscription, buy that vital back issue you always meant to read (noting that deliveries may take longer than usual) or pre-order Eye 100.

Happy browsing, and stay safe!

Warmest regards from locked-down London

John L. Walters, Eye


Broomberg & Chanarin, Shirley 1, from the series ‘How to Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light’, 2012. From The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization, discussed in the latest online-only Photo Critique, ‘Whiteness made strange’.

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