Sunday, April 06, 2008

Foam Magazine

(Clare Richardson)

It's been a crazy week here with one thing or another - I'm in the midst of working on helping to put up a museum exhibit and it's very time intensive...
so a bit slower on the posts right now

I came across
Foam Magazine a while back when I was actually looking at the website of its "parent" the Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. Looking through a couple of editions online, it looked pretty interesting, but a little too expensive to subscribe to sight-unseen.

(1,236 sheets of negatives from the 1980s, thrown away on 19 August 2004 - Hans Aarsman)

But a few weeks ago, at the local newsstand (we have an excellent one here with lots of international magazines) I saw a copy of the winter edition, flicked through it, went away, had an espresso, convinced myself it was worth the pennies, and went back and got it.

(Masao Yamamoto)

It's a great photo art magazine. Each issue has a broad theme - this one being "Searching". As well as major articles on the likes of
Stephen Shore; Hans Aarsman and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin (along with several others), it also has good book reviews and smaller articles on different topics - such a section where a selection of people such as Gerhard Steidl or Geoff Dyer talk about images that are "On My Mind". There is also work from current exhibits at the Fotografiemuseum as well as interviews.

(Bart Julius Peters)

All in all it's an excellent magazine for anyone that enjoys the sort of photogrpahy that I often feature on here. It's also well printed.

Looking at their website, I also see that the Spring 2008 edition is out (with the theme "Meanwhile") and looks equally good - articles on Daniëlle van Ark; Risaku Suzuki Clare Richardson; Bart Julius Peters and Masao Yamamoto among others. I'll be keeping an eye out at The Front Page for when it arrives.

(Daniëlle van Ark)

1 comment:

siegfried said...

Hans Aarsman's books "Hollandse taferelen" and "Aarsman's Amsterdam" are available online (after registering)