Just got the the Dazed newsletter, in which I found:
August 2009: Inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe’s portrayal of the New York fetish scene. Photography by Karim Sadli and styling by Robbie Spencer.
I wont play the “edgier-than-you” guy, I love W magazine. I really do. The question “why” requires a long answer I will not even try to get into here… The subject here is the last issue of the magazine in question in which one could see Bruce Willis’s tattoos (an actor for whom I must admit having some sympathy), and, in a rathernice Steven Klein-photographed series, see him in the middle of some proto-kinky plays.
Just thought it was worth sharing.
Where should a history of the body in art begin? Asks Nicholas Blincoe, in the framework of the Turner Prize’s Retrospective at Tate Britain. (2 October 2007 – 6 January 2008)
Check out his essay on Tate etc.
Xplicit Grafx once was among my top 5 motivations to be into graffiti. We’re talking about 1995. The body of XG has survived my activity as a graffiti writer, but has the spirit survived too? This picture—the cover of last issue—seems to prove so. (Although there isn’t much graffiti actually going on in this image!)
Photography by ozkar
the last issue of vogues hommes international, art-directed by our friend Patrick Roppel uses the Romain BP of B&P typefoundry, which—as everybody knows—also is the font used (and specially developed) for Sang Bleu!
It is a very subtle mix of elements that makes one appreciate a particular magazine. Some of these elements are exchangeable, or exclusive, but here is what comes to mind (randomly):
Materiality (binding, stock, wrapping, etc.)
Frequency of publishing
—photography (quality, style, content, titling)
—writing (quality, style, content, titling)
—advertising (quantity, type of advertiser, aesthetic quality of)
and then, some more subtle relations between these aspects:
Writing vs photography proportion
Consistency between issues
Ability to renew itself over time
Maybe this unexpected mix of classic (pedantic?), but high-quality writing, cheap stock, neutral design, obvious celebrity covering, conservative views, luxury advertising and systematic excellence of the (regularly unexpectedly provocative) photography… In my opinion half (ok, maybe a third) of the most memorable fashion series last year were published in W. And if you don’t agree… maybe, you’re right. In any case, last issue is worth buying. With Madonna on the cover, which comes as a relief after the Pitt/jolie overdose. Now what was I saying? Oh, Steven Klein manages to drain out of Madonna the very last drops of substance she has to offer… Chapeau. Same for the story shot by Juergen Teller very severely reminds of the infamous F/W 2001 Sisley Campaign shot by Terry Richardson, but—let’s admit it—totally successfully. The Craig McDean story is nice too in the middle of the post-Lang snapshots. Worth buying, definitely.