Romke Hoogwaerts and MOSSLESS Magazine


Back in 2009, VCS student Romke Hoogwaerts started MOSSLESS, a website featuring a new interview with a different photographer every two days. In late 2010, Romke used Kickstarter to fund the first issue of MOSSLESS Magazine, an annual print spinoff of the original site. The inaugural issue focused on four young photographers (Alana Celii, Bobby Doherty, Brea Souders and Sean Vegezzi), with original photos and interviews from each, an introduction written by Susan Bright, and art direction by Jesse Hlebo of Swill Children. It was printed in an edition of 500, and initially released at Printed Matter in January 2012. (You can see a few images of the first issue at this link.)

The second issue of MOSSLESS was released last September at the NY Art Book Fair (you can read more about it here, and see some images of it here). For that issue, Romke received a lot of creative assistance from ex-VCS student Miriam Grace Leigh, who has since become his editorial and publishing partner.

From February 20–May 14, 2012, MOSSLESS was also included in the MoMA exhibition “Millennium Magazines,” a survey of experimental art and design magazines published since 2000. (In 2011 Romke also had a video included in “The Unseen Eye,” an exhibition at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film that I wrote about in this post.)

You can read a little more about MOSSLESS in this interview with Romke conducted by Rebecca O’Keefe for the blog articles. The MOSSfull blog also offers some additional information, including inspiration and behind-the-scenes posts.


Visual & Critical Studies