Document Journal describes itself as being ‘collectable but not consumeristic’ and this is certainly accurate. A cool and classy biannual publication, this independent title founded in New York focuses on American and global culture and features prominent voices from the worlds of art, fashion and literature. Covering a range of topics including photography, politics, the environment, music, travel and technology, this bold and bulky magazine is crammed full of quality content.
For our 18th issue, produced as the external world began to open up, Document turned inward to explore desire: a theme that surfaced with existential questions and individual reflection during the shared experience of lockdown, providing us an opportunity to consider how we might be transformed in the pandemic's aftermath.
In Plato’s Symposium, Socrates suggested that a necessary component of desire is an absence—that we desire what we don’t, or can’t, possess. But this lack is also a generative force sparking reinvention and change; as humans, we are always seeking something bigger, a fantasy that drives everything from romantic pursuit to scientific innovation. From the need for human connection to the pursuit of knowledge, desire comes in many forms—but while its object may vary, the experience of desire is one we all share.