Lucky for us, then, that they’ve shared a few images with us from this front line, before their scheduled release this Monday. Get ready to be wowed. We’ve seen the issue—curated by Matthew Leifheit (formerly of AFC)—and it’s an incredible accomplishment. Many of the images have never been published before and all of them are extraordinary.
This year the theme of the issue is the term, “trompe l’oeil,” which loosely translates to the use of images to create an illusion. This edition features work by stars like Laurie Simmons and her mentor Jimmy DeSana, Thurston Moore, and Jaime Warren. There’s even a spread by Cindy Sherman, who may be the only living household name art photographer. There’s also work by Robert Melee, Michael Marcelle, and Thomas Albdorf; all personal favorites of ours.
Mostly, the issue is filled with work by young up and coming photographers, because that’s the point. To that end, a show of the photographs in this issue will open at Pioneer Works in Red Hook July 31st. We give it our highest recommendation.
We also recommend picking up the full issue because what you’re about to get is just a taste of what’s in store. We left out the ham vaginas and Freddie Kruger and Hannibal Lecter recreating a nativity scene because we know that just won’t reproduce the same here as it does in print.