Posts Tagged ‘Publishing’

Staged & Startled

Friday, March 26th, 2010

My latest review for The New York Times Style Magazine, T, is now up! 

“How They Got the Shot” considers Hasted Hunt Kraeutler‘s new exhibit, “Great Photographs of the 20th Century: Staged & Startled,” a look behind-the-scenes-at 22 famous photos from the last century. Hope you enjoy!

The Extended LaChapelle Interview: Now up!

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

“Renaissance Man,” the extended version of my interview with photographer David LaChapelle – which appears in the March issue of Dazed&Confused – is now up at DazedDigital.com. Click here to read. Hope you enjoy!

Clear Magazine Issue 34 Now Online!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

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Clear’s digital winter issue is up online now at www.clearmag.com. We’re really excited – and I’m personally pretty proud – to have collaborated with Designer of the Year Maarten Baas on the cover for the special Design Miami/Art Basel issue!

In addition to Mr. Baas, the new issue features profiles of and new projects by the likes of Marcel Wanders, Konstantin Grcic, Anna Sui, Yves Behar, Front Design, Mariko Mori, Theo Jansen and many more!

Dennis Hopper: Photographs, 1961-1967

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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Check out Coolhunting.com for my review of Taschen‘s limited-edition winter release: Dennis Hopper, Photographs, 1961-1967. It’s an amazing collection featuring several previously unpublished Hopper photographs, and reflects a world in flux in a historical decade—politically, socially and artistically. From the civil rights march at Selma to the art world’s electricity to grittier, urban street scenes, from politicians to writers to artists to complete strangers, Hopper’s camera captured an era…

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Also, Coolhunting’s guest-editing Wallpaper.com through September 30th, so you can check out the review there as well!

Paste not Waste

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Paste Magazine‘s recent entreaty for reader donations is the first I’ve seen of its kind. As a writer and editor, I’m well aware of the economic climate’s effects specific to the publishing industry. As the number of unemployment recipients grows, full time employees receive dramatic pay cuts and formerly reliable freelance-friendly outlets cut their entire freelancer budgets, publishers and contributors alike wonder, “What’s next?”

It’s a daunting and tricky time, to be sure, and several questions have been repeated. Is print dead? What differences will the future hold for books vs. magazines? Will niche publications be the only to survive? Where is the balance between print’s tactile satisfaction and web’s immediate conveniences and opportunities? And so on.

Paste (a 6-year old, musically-focused print publication that includes a sampler cd of new music with every issue and has a solid, complementary online presence) has chosen to appeal to readers in an honest, simple tone on their website. The Save Paste FAQ sub-page even rhetorically asks questions like “Will my donation line someone’s pocket?,” “Is this just a temporary fix?,” “Why weren’t you prepared for this?” and “Isn’t print dying? What makes you think you will survive?” In addition to tone, though, and quite interestingly, Paste also offers paying supporters an exclusive, musically sweet offering: access to a growing list of songs donated by musicians also supporting the cause – from Arrested Development and Neko Case to Josh Ritter, She and Him, Matthew Sweet, Cowboy Junkies and The Decemberists.

While the publishing industry wonders what next, and so many cower and wait for the storm to blow over, it strikes me as the ideal time for innovators to rise. I’m personally quite ready to see the new leaders emerge. And while I don’t think Paste‘s latest move is necessarily the wave of the future – more so, it’s a sign of the times – it is interesting to watch. Obviously, publishers have to change now – Paste‘s moving and shaking provides a soundtrack.

As a friend of mine pointed out, it’s all about determining a value for your product in the open market. These freebies are not, in true terms, free, and really deserve to be renamed – “taste-testers” or “feelers” anyone? In a time when a band like Radiohead offers a “pay-what-you-wish” album or an independent music magazine offers 75+ songs for as little as a dollar donation, it’s not only time for the industry to change; it’s also time for the language we use to evolve.