Upstate Diary is a pioneering publication focused on the creative possibilities that thrive outside of city limits. Each issue reveals the private and creative lives of accomplished artists through insightful interviews and intimate photo essays. It explores the ways that natural beauty and the challenges of rural life inform and influence the creative processes among many of the artists it features.
Upstate Diary is the brainchild of Kate Orne, Swedish-born photographer and former Interview magazine editor as well as full-time upstate resident since 2009. While exploring the region, she was inspired to use her sophisticated skills to create a publication which featured and promoted its artistic heritage, rich cultural environment, and the wide range of accomplished and creative minds.
Issue One, published in a limited edition of 1,000 hand-numbered copies, includes an in-depth interview with visual artist Carrie Mae Weems, who candidly speaks on race and inequality in art; artist and filmmaker Marianna Rothen speaking about her keen interest in distress as well as living on her farm without power or water; a photo essay on industrial designer Russel Wright's home, Manitoga; and much more.