Light vision : Australia's international photography magazine 1977-78 was a bi-monthly Australian photography magazine.
Light Vision magazine, subtitled ‘Australia’s international photography magazine’, was launched in September 1977 and though it lasted only eight issues, it made a more lasting impression on Australian photography than previous periodicals.
Editor Jean-Marc Le Pechoux (1953—), who had studied at Stage Experimental Photographique and who, from 1971 to 1974, was a freelance photographer in Paris, came to Australia and taught at Photography Studies College in Melbourne from 1974 to 1976. Deciding to make the southern city his home, he recognised the need for a high quality magazine. He taught himself the trade of editor/publisher and set up Light Quest Publications at 75 Wilson Street, South Yarra. It was largely a one-person operation, with assistance from Kalli Pulas and never more than four paid casual staff.
Identified by photojournalist Geoff Strong as “that haute couture of Australian photographic magazines”, Light Vision was glossily printed in Australia, reproducing photographers' prints full page, and tackling photographic theory in essays, and in reviews of such contemporary texts as Susan Sontag's On Photography (1977). However, as a result of the cost of such support for local industry, its cover price was $5.00 which was at the high end of affordability at the time ($A30 equivalent in 2018). Its cost, and its removal after issue 4 from the stock of the bookshop of a major public gallery on the basis of an unfavourable book review, contributed to its early demise.
During Creative Camera editor Peter Turner’s visit to Australia in 1977 he met Jean-Marc Le Pechoux and significantly, Max Dupain’s The Sunbaker was featured on the covers of both Light Vision and Creative Camera in 1978, with Dupain himself contributing an essay in Light Vision issue 5. Such exposure, and that of the young Bill Henson in two issues raised the profile of Australian photography in the UK. The magazine played a role in setting Australian photography and photographers in an international context and in publicising their work overseas in a quality publication.
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- Light Vision, Nos. 6-7, 1978.
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