Issue 4 —

Issue 4 is packed full of interesting content in keeping with Fantom’s approach to contemporary photography and its tangential practices. In many ways this issue sees the magazine homing in on more traditional photography or, rather, the practices of artists whose work has always been embraced by the ‘fine art photography’ scene rather than the more hybrid arenas of the contemporary art world. Franceso Zanot’s interview with Olivo Barbieri accompanied by images from his ‘Flippers’ series from the late 1970’s is a good example. Barbieri’s images that zoom in on pinball machines and photograph their battered surfaces in a way that produces something akin to popish readymade collages or paintings. If produced by a younger artist, they might have entirely bypassed the theoretical discussions that informed Barbieri’s generation. And, in this and other articles in this issue, Fantom indirectly reminds us of some of the journeys that photography itself has made within overall landscape of the arts.

Perhaps the most noticeable feature in this issue is the extensive article – the second in a series – mapping Milan’s new art and creative scene through a collaborative project.

The article on American artist Hank Willis Thomas also demands attention. It focuses on his series of works in which he has systematically removed all logos, branding and identifying text from a series of print advertisements produced between 1968 and 2008 featuring African-American models. Interrogating exactly how and what images of identity are used to sell, they are a fine example of the title’s particular interest in the breadth of roles that the photographic image plays in contemporary societies.

    Issue 4 –
    May 2010 130 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    The Cover From Our Next Issue Interview - Francesco Zanot Eye To Eye - Takashi Homma meets Daido Moriyama Pop-Up - Giuseppe Gabellone Portfolio - Joachim Schmid Interview - Stefano Graziani True City - Milan Blog Cabin - Marco Anelli Sample Size - Marc Joseph Berg Means To An End - Pino Pipoli By Appointment Only - Francesco Zanot Stories - Yutaka Yamashita Interview - Anne Collier Picture Perfect - Duncan Wylie Reportage - Peter Irmai
    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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