A little over a year ago, blow magazine was no more than a loose idea waiting to take shape. Over the past twelve months we have cultivated a visual collection to honour the printed image, to celebrate known photographers and to shed a light on fresh talent.
So it is with celebration in mind that we present to you our third issue: The Body Issue. One of the most photographed of subjects, the human body is infinite in its ability to communicate visually. Regularly a study of shape and form, sometimes a tool for social commentary and often a subject of controversy, the body acts as a human landscape with endless possibilities for expression and interpretation.
The question surrounding this issue is simple; how do we choose to celebrate the body? To answer this, we have assembled a wonderful cross section of contemporary photographers to illustrate the vast spectrum of this subject matter.
We are honoured to feature the work of Elina Brotherus, a photographer that urges us to question the fluctuating roles of the photographer/model dynamic of self portraiture by implementing a classical, painterly interpretation of the nude.
What emerges in this issue is a collection of attitudes, feelings and perceptions of what it means to be young, old, scarred, pregnant, vulnerable, happy or indifferent. Our bodies are unique expressions, as are the images within these pages – all telling their own personal story.
We thank all the photographers who contributed to this extraordinary issue, but most of all we thank you, our readers, for seeing us through to our first birthday.
Private is an international review of photography and writing. This itinerant review has been offering its poetic and photographic journey since 1992. Private’s purpose is to offer a space for photographic creation and poetic or narrative writing. Each issue is themed.
As unique and special the scenes are that the photographers for this issue have chosen to focus on, the similarities (what we have in common, what we share) that can be found around the globe are striking.
Featuring 96, full colour pages of prose, poetry, interviews, enticing images and new music reviews. Each copy comes paired with an exclusive, limited edition, compilation CD of rare and recent musical releases…Content:
Magpie’s cover illustrator uncovers the secrets of her symbolic world.
An excerpt of ‘Chrysalis’ by Kim Todd, which explores the life of Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th century botanical illustrator, and her quest to uncover the mystery of metamorphosis.
The Museum of British Folklore
We speak to Simon Costin, the founder of a new museum set up to celebrate the weird and wonderful folk traditions of Britain, and ask why these still matter today.
Storm in a Teacup
Magpie speaks to Verity Flecknell, founder of London based feminist arts collective ‘Storm in a Teacup’.
Spring/Summer collection inspired by priestesses and queens from Sardinia’s primitive era. Designed and Styled by Madeleine Nie and Laura Lambroni. Shot by Ellen Rogers.
Aspects of Leonora
Charley Feltham celebrates the life and work of Leonora Carrington – one of the most daringly original, bizarre and visionary artists of the 20th century.
Stories Stitched from String
Magpie investigates a new generation of puppeteers and storytellers, including Wyrd Motion, The Little Theatre of Dolls and Monooka.
Music Reviews and Interviews
Interview with Alela Diane
Interview with Ödland
Reviews: High Wolf, Jozef Van Wissem, Infinity Room and Higuma at Cafe Oto, Lüüp, Meg Baird, Mariee Sioux, Ilya Monosov, Larkin Grimm, Julia Kent and more.
Each issue has around 168 pages and includes high-quality colour reproductions of the artists’ work.
Issue 26 looks at questions of pedagogy, such as gallery education, Godard’s didacticism, Lina Bo Bardi’s exhibition displays, and through the artists Catherine Sullivan, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina and Group Material. Accompanying texts look at Hans Eijkelboom, theorisations of the event and the current Moscow art scene.