Issue 02 —

Though only on it’s second issue, Fantom, this new Milan-based photography magazine, has created a strong visual presence for itself in magazine world. The striking cover image of issue 2 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. Continuing with its position that strongly marks out covering the best of photography –distinctions between ‘art’ and ‘commercial’ be damned- accompanied by intelligent writing, issue two offers us a collection of visual and intellectual treats. Danish photographer Nicolai Howlat’s chilling ‘Car Crash Studies’ creep into Ballard territory whilst Marylin Minter’s essay ‘Nobody Has Politically Correct Fantasies’, relating to Paul Kooiker, plumbs equally provocative terrain; photography’s lifelong connection with pornography. Issue 2 once again proves that beautiful photography hardly needs to be pretty or placating the viewer.

    Issue 02 –
    January 2010 125 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Portfolio - Nicolai Howalt Portfolio - Maurizio Anzeri Eye Of The Beholder - Kirstine Roepstorff Essay - Paul Kooiker Sample Size - Angelo Plessas Blog Cabin - Lucas Samaras Essay - Liz Deschenes Stories - Muzzi&Bruttini Essay - Tris Vonna-Michell Essay - Toluca Edition By Appointment Only - David Farrell Portfolio - Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili Eye To Eye - Abelardo Morell Reportage - Giovanna Silva
    Editor in Chief –
    Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Selva Barni
    Art Director –
    Davies Costacurta
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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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