Fantom 08 —

This series is named after the Roman god, Vertumnus, who presided over earth, season, and change, gardens, plants and fruit trees. In a playful homage to the diety, Favini meditates on the cyclical nature of life and earth-bound elements, both physically and culturally. Clever as it is playful, Favini’s portrayal of Vertumnus evokes the familiar works of Renaissance artist, Arcimboldo, in particular his portrait of Rudolph II, 1590, or more recently, the film works of Jan Švankmajer, such as Dimensions of Dialogue, 1983.

    Fantom 08 –
    December 2011 126 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Reportage Portfolio Interview Means To An End Picture perfect Eye to Eye Sample size Blog Cabin Essay By Appointment Only Stories
    Editor In Chief –
    Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Selva Barni
    Art Director –
    Fabrizio Radaelli
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Our Take —

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. Its focus is mainly on art photography and visual artists who use photography. But, it’s certainly not limited to that. The alchemy of chemical and light in all its forms is covered.

Fantom, however, is not one of those photographic magazines in which articles are limited to brief introductions to beautiful layouts of pictures. The lengthy layouts are there, but so are the words. Eschewing gossipy celebrity-driven articles in favour of serious but engaging texts by respected writers and critics – they really are a bit like journal essays without the dryness- Fantom contextualises its content with punchy writing that assumes the audience is smart enough to do without patronising explication and would rather get to the heart of the matter. It promises a much-needed asset for those interested in the cusp at a time when the distinctions between ‘art’, ‘photography’ and ‘commercial’ have become outmoded.

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