14 May 2008

JUXTAPOZ Art & Culture Magazine #88 (May 08) ~ THE PHOTOGRAPHY ISSUE

"You've got your Flickr, your MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, digital camera blog, etc, etc, etc. You also have your big-shot photographers. Now, you have a collection of photography from Juxtapoz. That's right, the May issue of Juxtapoz is pleased to be the Photography Issue. And who do we have sharing their photos you may ask? Boogie, Cheryl Dunn, CR Stecyk III, Martha Cooper, Dave Potes, Estevan Oriol, Alex Prager, Jon Dragonette, Corey Arnold, Ricky Adam, Jenny Lens, Peter Beste, Ricky Powell, Robin Schwartz, Ed Templeton, Yone, and Amy Stein. That's Pieter Hugo on our newsstand cover. In all, the Juxtapoz Photography Issue has over 60 contemporary photographers to gaze at. Plus, Juxtapoz.com features a corresponding photo feature for those readers who like photos more than not liking photos. So if you want black & white, color, digital, film, or Polaroids, Juxtapoz has it all in one mag."
I was killing time in one of the local big box book peddler this afternoon waiting for my oldest son Douglas and came across the May issue of JUXTAPOZ which is, as you can see, "the photography issue." I've seen this magazine before and have been pretty much underwhelmed. The ratio of pretension to content quality is way to high. Same goes for this issue. Each of the five dozen plus photographers gets an image. Is that publicity or an insult? Some of the work might be good. Who could tell?

In any case, yesterday was Doug's birthday. He turned nineteen. He has weathered a hard year and is turning into a terrific man. Yesterday, he was out with his mom. Tonight, Doug and I went shopping at the mall and then to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q for dinner. Then he was off with his friends. Happy Birthday Bud!

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Blogger Stan B. said...

Agreed, much of the one shot work came off like ads minus copy.

15 May, 2008 13:33  

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