Some magazine suggestions

Over the years I've tried various photography related magazines, subscribing to some while just picking up odd editions of others. There's been very few I would recommend, for the most part I avoid kit reviews and technical based articles while preferring examples of contemporary  photography.

Foam | Junko | Hotshoe | The Hand

My latest subscription has been to The Hand who state that:
"The Hand Magazine is dedicated to being the world’s premier forum for innovative and experimental uses of reproduction-based media. We are interested in how artists include their own hand in the art object while utilizing mechanical or reproduction-based techniques."
It's a wonderful eclectic mix of prints, not all photographic, made with a variety of techniques including straight and toned cyanotypes which are of current interest to me.

A regular read of mine for several years now has been Hotshoe, which is:
"Published four times a year HOTSHOE is repeatedly the first to spot and support innovative work. Our accessible features are not only the product of a powerful visual aesthetic, but also strong writing and intelligent design."
The emphasis in content is on lots of images, backed up with a small amount of writing, usually  interviews with the photographers for each portfolio.

One of the great things about Foam is that they manage to print on a variety of different papers, binding the magazine into one large edition. Print quality is high, the content innovative and the writing well considered. They say:
"The magazine serves as a platform for all kinds of photography: from documentary to fashion and contemporary to historic, featuring both world-renowned image makers and relatively unknown emerging talent.

Each issue contains multiple portfolios printed on carefully considered paper. Interviews and opinions by experts in the field of photography are combined with surprising and distinctive editorial choices. Foam Magazine has been awarded several prizes for both its high-grade graphic design and the quality of its content.

Junko Journal is unusual in being an annual publication and so far there has only been two editions. Each edition has tended to focus on the artists working in a geographic region, with in depth articles on their work. Lots of reading to assimilate! They say:
"Each year Junko heads to a different region of the world, significant for its unique geography and distinctive creative communities. We explore the natural and urban landscapes, stopping off along the way to meet the artists and designers defining the visual scene of their place."

Hopefully this will help in finding something beyond the usual newsagent stocked publications.


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