Reviews

“Diffusion focuses on an interesting aspect of photographic materiality and the processed resulting subjectivity. It’s the kind of magazine that will inspire many to pursue photography and engage in it’s discourse”. ~Colin E.

“With one issue it tops my list. It speaks to the artists and lovers of photography alike.” ~John B.

“What I love about Diffusion is that it makes me think; wakes up sleepy creativity; gets me working on my own projects. It’s such a wonderful bundle of inspiration.” ~Kris H.

720-3“Diffusion magazine is a stellar publication that has reached into the belly of creative photo based artists and extracted not only compelling images but also the artist voices, for all of us lucky enough to have found this one of a kind publication. Thank you for filling an important, long overlooked, void within the arts community.” ~G. Pine

“I love this magazine! it is what I do, think, breathe.” ~S. Gayle S.

“I think it’s [Diffusion] a wonderful resource. It spotlights photographers who are experimenting, taking risks, and working outside of the mainstream of digital production. It’s a terrific addition to my coffee table.” ~Kirsten H.

“Diffusion fills the void for image makers that choose to create unique imagery and celebrates the world of photography that often gets over looked in the digital age.” ~Aline S.

“For those of us who use alternative photographic processes, it is a great pleasure to read about the inspiration of artists who choose to express themselves in antiquarian analogue media. “Diffusion is a gorgeous new print magazine with a refreshing emphasis: the creative photographic process. While most mainstream photography magazines on newsstands remain obsessed with mass-manufactured gear – purchasing gear, mastering gear, and buying new gear when the next great thing comes along -it is especially satisfying to read about the passion to create that draws most of us to photography in the first place.

DIFFUSION2009coverThe inaugural issue of Diffusion magazine, volume 1 is a subtle manifesto on the importance of HOW creative work is made. Lyrical pinhole images from Zeb Andrews illustrate his essay on slowing down to make long exposures and to experience a place in a particular moment. A fast modern shutter records the world one particular way, but what can be captured in a fraction of a second is not necessarily a complete view. Dr. Ware discusses the painstaking experimentation that brought us chemical printing processes of lasting beauty, and his drive to improve them. Rather than one body of work, his images show off the best properties of each of the processes he has studied. The four profiled artists, whose work is displayed in sumptuous spreads, show off the wide range of subjects, approaches, and results that are possible with fearless experimentation. Each artist is given ample room to describe the inspiration that led them to their specific approaches, and to outline the labor they choose to invest in their work to get the results they want. In addition, winners from the Plates to Pixels second international juried competition round out the issue, showing off the vast diversity of ideas and looks available from chemical and analog artistic tools.

In the creative landscape, there are always a range of artistic movements active at any given time. Photography has its share of trends, and the digital age has provided us with more venues to see and participate in those trends. If there is anything this first issue of Diffusion magazine, volume 1 shows us, it is that there is a broad, healthy, and diverse movement of photographers experimenting with painstaking, do-it-yourself chemical processes who are producing stimulating work. Diffusion does an excellent job of letting artists share their thoughts, creativity, and philosophies behind how and why they have made this choice, and shows off the results in a lovely print edition.

Diffusion ably fills a niche within the analogue art & media movements, and holds great promise.” ~Elizabeth Graves

“Regardless of the retrospective approach to the medium of photography, which could be perceived by many as a conservative drive towards nostalgia and sentimentality. I find the fundamental ethos in Diffusion, is one of vibrant personal exploration. The enthusiasm of the
proponents highlights, not a yearning to go back in time to experience the pioneering days of photography, but more a visceral engagement with the medium which does not reference the ephemeral nature of modern digital systems. This approach brings both the photographer and the viewer into direct contact with unique and resonant styles of photography which are perhaps more important today than they ever
were. I feel it is a kind of reaction to the general evolution of photography which is mostly governed by technology, by people who prefer to chose for themselves what type of image they want to create by drawing from the complete range of possibilities that traditional methods offer them.” ~Jason W.

postcard2“I am an art history student doing my MA thesis on the use of alt. photo processes in contemporary NZ art. Diffusion is really interesting-it’s existence indicates just how developed the revival of alt processes is internationally and how important the establishment of a sense of artistic community is for those active on the fringes of general practice. It’s really great to get a feel for what’s happening overseas as it provides me with a broader context in which to place the photographers working in NZ. Thanks, and I look forward to next year’s volume!” ~Chanelle

“I really appreciate the effort you have made to make a quality product and especially your effort to include substantive articles. Too many photography magazines today rely on a gloss-over approach to their articles, or amount to little more than a list of technical specifications. I can’t remember the last time I took more than 10 minutes to read a photography magazine start to finish. And I definitely have never wanted to reread it! But I spent a delightful full evening with your magazine, reading and rereading everything, and enjoying it immensely.” ~Karen O.