Friday, October 14, 2011
I recently reposted an article from "A Photo Editor" about "The 2011 Magazine A-List". It contained the list of magazines (print) that are enjoying an increase in revenue and pages. The insistence of iPad taking over print magazine is an ongoing topic I'll continue to disagree with, although I support the notion of having other media platforms to share news, entertainment, etc.
When I decided to become a photographer, I wanted to shoot for primarily album covers, and magazines. The editorial aspect has worked out better than the former for me but the point is I love magazines. I am a borderline hoarder when it comes to keeping magazines. No digital media can trump a well produced, high quality printed magazine.
I collect magazines and photobooks because to me it's a more affordable way to collect art and photographs from one's favourite artist or photographer. When I was in New York, the Strand bookshop's second floor was my number one hangout.
Every photographer has their "ok-I-can-do-this" moment where they kick their craft into high gear. I got into photography because I was arrested by the magic of darkroom printing. My real moment came when I bought my first issue of Communication Arts in early 2001. It had a portrait of Lauren Hill on the cover shot by Kwaku Alston. I thought it was the coolest photograph of Lauren and I was so curious to see who shot it. Luckily it didn't only have the just the photo credit but a feature on Kwaku for his achievements in the biz at his young age at that time.
Since then I have had the opportunity to shoot for some great magazines and continue to collect magazines that will certainly become collectors items. I continue to work hard to produce work that would be viewed as such one day.
I will be posting some of the magazines I've been collecting over the years so if you are a paper head like myself, brace yourself.
Have a great weekend.