With coronavirus lockdowns and isolations, everyone works with what they’ve got and improvise to the max. Robert Pattison and GQ did it too for the June/July issue of this fashion magazine. While self-isolating in London, Pattison shot his own self-portraits for GQ, both for the cover and spread. And considering the circumstances, the results aren’t bad at all.
Due to the social distancing measures, magazine cover photo shoots can’t take place as they normally would. So, supermodel Naomi Campbell and ESSENCE magazine decided to improvise. While isolating at her home, Campbell did her own hair, makeup, and styling. Then she took her iPhone and made some self-portraits for the May/June cover of the magazine.
We’ve featured photographer Waleed Shah before with his empowering project Rock Your Ugly. Following him on Instagram, I noticed that he started publishing magazine covers with cheeky, ironic and humorous messages. I was curious to learn more about the new project he named simply Magazine Covers. So, I got to chat with Waleed about it a bit, and he shared his inspiration behind the project, as well as some images.
Last week, Emerald Expositions, the owner of Photo District News (PDN), announced that PDN would no longer publish new content online or in print. The magazine had been a staple of the professional photography industry, particularly for advertising and commercial photography. PDN’s articles covered a wide range of topics that included gear announcement, industry news, and the venerable PDN 30 which identified and showcased emerging photographers. In addition, PDN produced a number of photo contests including the PDN Annual.
There have been some rumors recently that Photo District News (PDN) magazine is about to be shut down. Sadly, they’ve turned out to be true. PDN’s publisher Emerald Expositions has confirmed that the print magazine will cease to exist, and no new content will be added to the online magazine.
A photo of David Lynch by Nadav Kander was recently published on the cover of UK magazine The Big Issue. It would certainly be fantastic if Kander had sold the photo or gave his permission to the magazine to use it. Instead, it appears that someone photographed his framed print at an exhibition. They posted it to Alamy, and The Big Issue bought it from there, cropped it and used it for the cover.
Is it April Fool’s day yet? Because GQ just won next year’s contest (if there was one).
In jest of all the botched jobs on other magazine covers, they decided to release this cover for the Comedy Issue with the best/worst issues! How many can you spot? I swear, I am now tempted to make one just for fun!
Grazia UK magazine has recently issued a cover featuring Lupita Nyong’o. However, her hair was so severely photoshopped, that the actress spoke out on social networks. She claims that her hair was edited out and made smoother “to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like.” As a result, Grazia UK and photographer An Le apologized for an “incredibly monumental mistake.”
I was saddened to see this particular email show up in my inbox this morning. Online publication f11 Magazine is suspending its run, after only six years. F11 was created to have a focus on photography and the photographers who create it, rather than the gear. It was all about appreciating the work, and discovering the journey of those who make it.
I’ve been reading f11 Magazine for about 5 years now, and it’s pretty much the only monthly publication I do read. Printed magazines are boring to me, and I’d rather just read them on my iPad anyway. F11 magazine’s goal was simple. To create a free magazine for those interested in photography, paid for by advertisers and sponsors. But ultimately it was not to be.