Andrea Kurland is Editor of Huck, an independent magazine, website and film channel that celebrates radical culture. Inspired by DIY principles, Huck roams the globe to document grassroots counterculture as it unfolds, seeking out freethinkers who are a wellspring of new thoughts and ideas.
Prior to starting at Huck in 2006 - a month before the first issue went to press - Andrea studied International Development and Politics. She's drawn to stories that unfold on the fringes, at the pressure points where creative culture and power politics collide, and has instilled in Huck a strong documentary photography approach that cuts through the glitz of celebrity-laden mags by capturing people - and stories - in an authentic light.
Huck works with emerging and established photographers at the vanguard of the documentary form, many of whom are invited to share their personal work in the magazine's annual Documentary Photography Special and accompanying exhibition, which in 2014 popped up in London, Brooklyn, Rio De Janeiro and Puerto Alegre.
Andrea describes the type of photography she likes:
"A good photograph, for me, is the one that hits you in the gut. It needs to resonate on a personal level. It needs to tell a story. Evoking a sense of empathy - telling an entire story - through a single image is no mean feat, but the best photographers do it time and again because they connect with whatever they are shooting. You don't need to focus your lens on horror to make people pause. You just need to be honest about what you care about, even if it's a quiet moment that others would pass by. For me, the most interesting work being created today is by photographers who embed themselves in the story to grasp for intangible truths, like Diana Markosian and Carolyn Drake, who create layers of narrative by collaborating with their subjects over long periods of time instead of focusing on shock and awe. The same goes for landscapes. Images that connect the present with our collective past, that reveal something about the human experience, always stay with me. Human stories can unfold in the absence of any human form. Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Mustafah Abdulaziz, Chloe Dewe Matthews are just some photographers who spring to mind who know this all too well. Their work explores the fallout of conflict, loss, and power politics, all captured in a single landscape. These are difficult issues to grasp, but as a photographer that's not your job. If you can make people 'feel', they'll get there on their own."
Website: Huck Magazine.
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