Out now: Athleta #1

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Athleta is a new Italian sports magazine based on the first ideal of athletic competition, of surpassing oneself. Published from Verona by photographer Giovanni Gallio it focuses on imagery of sport, with a series of photographic reports from different countries and competitions.


These photo reports are what make the magazine; there are brief texts in both English and Italian but the English translations suffer from being too direct from the original Italian; they feel stilted (perhaps the Italian works better). Happily, the photography makes up for this, with stories ranging from the Norwegian Combined competition – a ski jump followed by a cross country ski race (above, shot by Sara Capovilla) – to Gallio’s own report on Burmese fighters (below) and Kevin Couliau’s more reflecctive series of lonely basketball hoops from around the world (also below).

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The main story in the issue is about Bebe Vio, a fencer who lost her legs and fore-arms as a child through meningitis (those are her prosthetic legs on the cover). The 28-page story uses images by both Capovilla and Gallio, and shows Vio’s story honestly but without over-dramatisation (above and below). It sums up the magazine’s mission.

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The photography makes this an impressive first issue; it is wisely allowed to take centre stage in the layouts, which are crisp and unfussy. It’s a companion to Victory Journal, but without the illustratiion and archive material. It’s a strong showcase for Gallio and his contributor’s photography and is a welcome addition to the indie sports scene.

Editor: Giovanni Gallio
Design: Alessandro Pavan


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