ISSUE 03 —

Does inclusion of an article on Megan Francis Sullivan's 'Slow' series signal the future direction for Fantom magazine? The newly arrived arty photographic magazine has always been about photography in its broadest forms. But,Federico Sarcia's article on the 'Slow' series - accompanied by images- is new territory. Megan Francis Sullivan is,after all,primarily a painter and the works in the series consist of gouache on paper. The relationship between photography and the almost photorealist languid images of teenage boys sunning themselves on beach towels is self-evident. But,in crossing that narrow line,Fantom does,indeed,dip its toes into the waters of 'art magazine'.  

Furthermore,art is even more heavily evident in this issue than its predecessors: Petra Feriancova's images appropriated from her grandfather's archive documenting his pigeon breeding activities; an article on Reza Aramesh whose photography is almost secondary to the performance itself; and Yao Lu's works that engage directly with Chinese tradition,manipulating photography of a contemporary industrial China into traditional forms.   Also of note: the article on the revival of album cover photography as an important ground for creative experimentation. 

    ISSUE 03 –
    March 2010 130 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Essay - Lisa Oppenheim Portfolio - Yumiko Utsu Eye To Eye - Lester B.Morrison Eye Of The Beholder - Liz Cohen Sample Size - Americas Favourites Interview - RongRong True City - Lukas Wassmann Blog Cabin - Vvork By Appointment Only - Adrian-Silvan Ionescu Picture Perfect - Megan Francis Sullivan Stories - Marcelo Krasilcic Interview - Elad Lassry Portfolio - Petra Feriancova Portfolio - Yao Lu Reportage - Reza Aramesh
    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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