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Eleven

This is Dek Unu Magazine. In Esperanto, dek unu means "eleven." Eleven images from a single artist. Eleven artists in eleven solo issues in each publication year. Dek Unu publishes the work of a new artist-photographer in each issue. The artist's work and words are featured in individual focus as the sole purpose for each issue of the magazine.  Unlike other arts and letters magazines which might look for work from a variety of artists to support an editorial staff's theme, at Dek Unu, theme and imagery are always each artist's own. 

For some, landscape photography means majestic vistas of Nature at places like Yosemite and Big Sur but, to others, it’s the man-made, and often man-neglected, environment that presents the creative inspiration and technical challenge.  Images of street life, suburban satire, soaring architecture, and urban decay fill certain photographer’s directories. It’s often the quirky coincidence, the arresting façade, or the gritty industrial complex that catches the eye of a wanderer out with his camera looking for interesting mood and meaning. Robert Pinchin is one such wanderer.

Having grown up in a suburb, but obsessed with the variety and texture of cities, and looking for a college in his native Canada, Pinchin selected Hamilton, Ontario, a post-industrial city that shares a latitude and a complex history with US rust-belt cities like Flint, Rochester, and Lackawanna. Unlike some other urbanists and new topographers who favor technique and composition over emotion, Pinchin finds in his photography the purest way to capture the feelings that his discovered scenes evoke.  Each of his carefully crafted compositions brings with it an atmosphere and a memory. Pinchin’s technical excellence and painterly sense of color and design combine with his unique sense of place to give life to images in which there is not a single person to be found. In every frame, however, it’s easy to see that there is, nevertheless, a presence. It is the artist himself.

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