November 21, 2013

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magRush 25: Alpine Review

This is an extraordinary magazine, some people might invoke the ‘bookazine’ word it’s so bookish. As usual, I shall resist that temptation The Alpine Review is magazine through and through, just a very busy, full one. Despite the name it’s based in Montreal – the name refers to reaching the heights, something it does constantly as it jumps from a profile of the School of Life to an interview with new Fabrica CEO Dan Hill and on to a discussion of organisational transformation.

It’s in-depth, intelligent and fascinating in its scope. A highlight is this collage/poetry combination by editor Louis-Jacques Darveau that encompasses native indians, Shackleton and Don Draper (below), but like almost everything present nothing is typical of the content. A very special magazine to end this magRush.

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November 21, 2013

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magRush 24: Another Escape


Another Escape launched earlier this year and number two has just been published. Like last time, it’s divided into four distinct sections – Inspiration, Exploration, Process and Response – and uses these to deal with different aspects of the extraordinary in the ordinary. Octopuses, rehabilitating old machines, beekeeping and the revival of the tango all make appearances as editors Rachel and Jody spread their net wide. A personal highlight is this story about coffee preparation (below). Another Escape is a very gentle, quiet magazine that deserves your attention.

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November 20, 2013

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magRush 09: So It Goes


There seem to be countless portfolio magazines out there, beautifully printed collections of photography with little curatorial sense to their existence. British magazine So It Goes might easily be mistaken for yet another one, except that as well as fine production values it does have the editorial bangs to pull together some great stories from different areas of photography.

This is the team’s second issue, and again divides into different creative specialities (The Actors, The Directors, The Places…), each opening with a reproduction end-paper (below). A highlight for me was Richard Mosse’s extraordinary infra-red shots from the Congo. One other thought… is the name taken from Slaughterhouse Five?

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magRush 07: Baron


Magazine publishing has been as driven by the sex industry as much as any medium – the magazine kiosks of New York are disappearing because the porn industry has migrated online (and where would the web be without the sex industry?) But magazines like Baron are reclaiming printed erotica, and after their miniature first issue this latest one is brash and bold. Bound in shiny pink fabric, the hardback volume, photographed by Tyrone Lebon and guest edited by Max Pearmain, looks at how voyeurism has adapted to today’s image-sharing world. Plenty of NSFW imagery, of which this is one of the tamer examples.

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November 20, 2013

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magRush 06: Der Wedding


Der Wedding is published once a year from a modernist citadel in the area of Wedding in what was once east Berlin. Like Boat magazine, it has suffered from a name that is easily confused with an entire genre of publishing; you will not find advice for the bride-to-be here. Instead, this is one of a new breed of titles using the local to examine global concerns. Each issue takes a theme and examines it through the people and streets of the relatively poor Wedding. This fifth issue looks at money, so we see typical modern extremes; on one hand there is a visit to a millionaires fair, with its canapés, tuxedos and first class travel demos, and on the other the regular look inside the houses of local people – many of whom are poor immigrants. Sadly the text is German so I miss much of the detail, but it’s a great example of using a small resource to tell big stories. A personal highlight is a comical set of solutions to everyday problems, of which this is an example:

 

November 20, 2013

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magRush 04: Teller


I picked up the third issue of Teller at Do You Read Me? in Berlin a week ago. Although published locally, this ‘magazine of stories’ is written in English and has developed rather nicely. It’s been a while since issue two, but it’s got bigger and better in the meantime; extra pages, an increased confidence and broader variety of content make it far more visually engaging without weakening the premise of storytelling. As well as long form texts there are photo stories and comic strips. I particularly liked this visual story by Seba Kurtis, recalling Argentina’s dirty war on its people, combining parts of declassified junta documents with family portraits of the missing people (below).

Overmatter 19.11.13


The power of editorial design: ‘Magazine covers help people understand the world better.’

The power of editorial photography: see last weeks edition of French newspaper Libération, published with all images deleted.

Adbusters publishes a box-set of its last five ‘Epic Human’ issues.

‘The disconnect between how the glossy mags choose to fill their pages and how British women actually spend their money suggests that traditional publishers are out of touch with their readership.’

Magasin is a new Hamburg-based online magazine shop. Welcome to the fray!

i–D starts to benefit from new owner Vice Media, launching a satisfying new website that feels right on brand.

Talking of Vice, ‘

New York magazine spots young people making magazines instead of websites. Great selection of indies, but surely they mean as well as?

In Amsterdam? I’ll be at Atheneaum this Thursday evening talking to Xandra Schutte about The Modern Magazine.

 

At Work With: Erin Spens, Boat Magazine


American writer/editor Erin Spens co-founded Boat Magazine with her husband Davey in 2011, since when their nomadic magazine has visited Sarajevo, Detroit, London, Athens and Kyoto. They’ve just completed their sixth issue in Reykajvik, and here she looks at the week ahead as that issue goes to print.

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Magazine of the week: Zeit Magazin


The art direction and design of Germany’s Zeit Magazin, the weekly supplement to the daily Die Zeit newspaper, has long been a visual treat for visitors to Germany. Yet as editor Christoph Amend says in his letter introducing this new international edition, people have long told him they love they design but ‘I wish I could read it’. With the arrival of this quarterly english-language edition their wish has come true.

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Magazine of the week: Alquimie


Australia has earned a reputation for good food and wine, so it’s no surprise to find the country produces a good few magaiznes covering these subjects. The latest addition is Alquimie, promising ‘Perioidic research & analysis of wine & beverage culture’.

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