To all those who submitted: thank you so much for sending us your work. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to see what you're working on.
As you probably heard, the upcoming issue of GUP marks our 10 year anniversary, and we launched an open call this summer to celebrate. We were pleased to receive nearly a thousand submissions from our readers worldwide, and from these, we created a shortlist of 38 artists, and ultimately selected 10 artists to include as portfolios in GUP#47. By now, we have contacted all 10 artists who are to be included in the issue, and the issue goes to the printer later this week! To all those who submitted: thank you so much for sending us your work. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to see what you're working on.
The ten artists selected by the GUP editorial team are: Michel Le Belhomme, Sebastian Palmer, Jewgeni Roppel, Guilherme Gerais, Mahesh Shantaram, Nikolas Ventourakis, Patrick Willocq, Jacob Burge, Anna Yeroshenko, and Paul Thulin!
Our editorial team spent multiple days looking through the entries, pleased to find work from established artists as well as some we had never before heard of, highlighting the strongest projects for our shortlist. We saw a huge diversity in the content and style of work being submitted, and because of this, it was impressive to us that even after looking through hundreds of photo projects, we would still come across a series that would make us slow down and say "Wow!" One of our editors commented: "Over the years, being an editor of GUP Magazine, I have met with many emerging and talented photographers. Meanwhile, I have stumbled on interesting bodies of work at an even greater scale through research, visiting exhibitions and looking into (self-published) photobooks. But this open call gave me the opportunity to be introduced to a lot of new names, photographers that I was not aware of before. This gives me the impression that there is, for myself and for the magazine, much more photography talent to be discovered in the near future!"
this open call gave me the opportunity to be introduced to a lot of new names, photographers that I was not aware of before
The work that caught our attention most readily had a clear artistic signature. Whether it was work that used a traditional approach like black and white analogue, or whether it was a progressive, experimental form of photography, from one image to the next, we could see that the artist had a clear, unique perspective that he or she was able to draw from in creating images with both style and substance. Another key feature of the strongest work we viewed was that, whether the submitted project was a typology, a series, a group of portraits, or a collection of found photographs, it was clear that the artist had invested significant time in the project, both in terms of the concept itself and in terms of the execution. This was considered, thoughtful work.
With all that in mind, we're very excited about GUP#47, and we're sure you're going to love it, too. It hits streets on November 18, but it's also available for pre-order now!