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Eye newsletter
17 May 2018

Dear friends

Eye 96 is nearly ready and will reach subscribers worldwide in early June. We are devoting two, back-to-back special issues to the subject of magazines. We hope you will join us on 5 June at St Bride Library for Type Tuesday, themed ‘Anatomy of a magazine’ (and named after a feature in Eye 96).



Otto Steinert, Luminogram II, 1952. Jack Kirkland Collection Nottingham. © Estate Otto Steinert, Museum Folkwang, Essen.

In Rick Poynor’s monthly Photo Critique ‘Enigmas of abstraction’, written exclusively for Eye magazine, he asks: ‘Here is a medium capable of recording the world in front of the camera with startling levels of visual accuracy. Why use it to create non-representational shapes and compositions?’

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ continues at London’s Tate Modern until 14 October 2018.



From Gertrude Leese’s five sketches titled Camp Life at Étaples showing a column of British soldiers marching from right to left; behind are tents and a flat landscape, 1917. All sketches from Leese’s Camp Life at Étaples are from the Imperial War Museum collection. © The Artist’s Estate.

In ‘Unofficial war artist’ on the Eye blog, Clare Walters looks at the work of Gertrude Leese, a successful and prominent British illustrator and watercolour painter in the early 1900s. Leese illustrated a number of books for George Bell and Sons as well as volunteering in the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) at Étaples, France – her dynamic ink-on-paper illustrations from this period ‘give us a glimpse into life on a busy wartime base’.


In the run-up to TYPO Berlin, Jan Middendorp delivers a considered report on TYPO Labs, titled ‘Outlook variable’, a type tech meeting in April that unveiled cool tools for both tyros and trailblazers.

I will be at (sold out) TYPO Berlin from today until Saturday. Keep on eye on our Instagram and Twitter pages for news from the event.

If you can’t make it to Berlin, please come to next Wednesday’s BSME event (which I’m chairing) about music magazines by Tower Bridge, and the next Type Tuesday at St Bride Library.

Warmest regards

John Walters, editor

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