ISSUE 05 - AUTUMN 2010 —

Fantom continues to extend its discourse beyond its primary remit of contemporary photographic art. Initiated in the content of the previous issue, here too we see Fantom edging evermore beyond the realms of a ‘photography magazine’ into becoming a contemporary art magazine in which photography is a central topic. This is evidenced most clearly in an article on Ena Swansea. Swansea’s paintings may be located in a photographic moment, but they are paintings nonetheless. There is less of a degree of separation from photography in the work of other artists featured in this issue – Richard Galpin or Adam Helms & Kon Trubkovich, for example- yet they too remain primarily located in a contemporary art (rather than fine art photography) tradition of practice.

None of this is a bad thing. On the contrary, Fantom’s development is one that feels sensible and more in keeping with the ongoing collapse of barriers between media and practice in both contemporary art and photography.

One of the highlight’s of this issue is Alex Gartenfield’s article on Helms & Trubkovich exploring their work that questions the image of the outlaw in an age of instant image capture. Another is Rupert Goldsworthy’s article on Mark Morrisroe, the photographer who died of AIDS at the age of 29 and whose work is often considered as definitive of New York art subculture in the early 1980’s

    ISSUE 05 - AUTUMN 2010 –
    September 2010 132 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Portfolio - Yang Fudong Portfolio - Miriam Boehm Essay - Richard Galpin Eye To Eye - Guido Guidi Blog Cabin - Adam Helms and Kon Trubkovich Essay - Steven Pippin Sample size - Ivan Vartanian Picture Perfect - Ena Swansea The Sea Series By Appointment Only - Francesco Zanot Eye Of The Beholder - Takashi Suzuki Means To An End - Emma Reeves Essay - Mark Morrisroe Portfolio - Gareth McConnell Reportage - Daniele Dainelli
    Editor In Chief –
    Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Selva Barni
    Art Director –
    Davies Costacurta
    Art Director –
    Alex Svensson
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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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