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In 1759, the French philosopher Voltaire published Candide, a book that would later become his magnum opus. A satire critical of both church and state, the dominant institutions of the time, Candide spoke openly on many of the issues that most were too afraid to. As a result it quickly became the bestselling book of its time, despite being banned soon after publication. It would be nice to think that one book changed the way society functioned, but unfortunately this was not the case. The French Revolution, after all, did not happen for another 30 years after its publication. What Voltaire did do

with Candide, though,was question; and so often, this is the first necessary step in inciting change.

Over the last few years the world has once again found itself at a tumultuous point in its development. First, a financial crisis originating in New York was quick to reverberate around the world; exposing the fragility of the global economic system. Next, a people’s revolution in Tunisia proved just how powerful ordinary citizens could be when standing up against repressive regimes. This rapidly spread to neighbouring countries in the Arab world. Finally, going full circle, protestors in New York inspired by the people of Egypt, began an uprising themselves. Capitalism, often credited for making the world smaller, suddenly found itself a victim of its own success.

Having read about the turmoil in the world today, one would be forgiven for thinking that the sky was falling on our heads. On the contrary, the world is simply standing back and reassessing; questioning the status quo and wondering whether a little change might be good for it.

The first issue of Candide magazine seeks not to side with any left or right wing political parties. Instead, it embraces change on whichever side of the spectrum it is likely to occur and sympathizes with anyone who chooses to question our political and economic models, rather than accepting the system as it stands.

Founded by photographers, Candide believes photography is often the most effective way to communicate the various nuances of the issues it covers, to as large an audience as possible. The magazine hopes to expand our readers’ knowledge and inspiration by bringing them the most thought- provoking visual stories.

A free, privately funded magazine, Candide is escaping the restraints that would inevitably be placed upon it if it had to cater to advertisers. Only through such a system can the magazine be confident of reaching a large and diverse audience.



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