Though only on it’s second issue, Other Edition singles out the cover of Fantom (Issue 2, Winter 2009) as being worthy of ‘Cover of the Month’. The striking image that plays with genres of nature photography and old masters is the work of Japanese photographer Yomiko Utsu. And, perhaps we’re not reading too much into Utsu’s ‘Octopus Portrait’ when we say that it combines the Japanese fascination with older Western art and traditional aesthetics in which the beauty of nature is often central. All wrapped up with humour, of course.
Fantom is published out of Milan and is edited by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz and Selva Barni – based in New York and Milan respectively- and is a quarterly photographic magazine that profiles some of the most interesting offerings from the international photography scene today. If the three issues to date are anything to go by, it’s focus is mainly on art photography and visual artists who use photography. But, it’s most certainly not limited to that and the alchemy of chemical and light in all its forms is covered.