New Favorite Magazine: FOAM

New Favorite Magazine: FOAM

I'm afraid I'm a little late to the party on this one but Foam: International Photography Magazine based out of Amsterdam is simply amazing.  I was lucky enough to come across it at the NY Photo Fesitval in Dumbo--directed to it by my pal Ryan Mesina in the Real Simple Photo Department.  We were both instant fans.  Each specially themed issue feels like you've stumbled into a little photo gallery on a city street that is filled with gems the likes of which you haven't seen before.  
The Spring '08 issue was my first intro to the mag. It's complete with a very insightful interview with the inimitable and ever inspiring Kathy Ryan, as well as thoroughly compelling portfolios by Clare Richardson, Masao Yamamoto and Danielle van Ark to name a few. The issue's intent was to explore timeless works that are completely void of any pop, cultural or new references of the day and they succeeded in this oddball assortment of escapism.

The Summer '08 issue is equally satisfying. The theme is "Construct" and the images included are just that--analog constructs of the photographer's making. I was particularly taken with the Moira Ricci installment in which she cleverly and poignantly interjects her modern-day self into old family photos to haunting effect. The surrealist renderings by Toshiko Okanoue from the 50s that include clips from Life and Vogue are pretty stellar as well. Again, just a few honorable mentions in the curatorial feat that is Foam.

Photo selection aside, the design and presentation of the images is impeccable. Each of about 6 featured portfolios is printed on distinct paper stocks depending on the work. I'm not sure how the choice is made (editor, photographer, or both), but that extra attention to detail (and expense!) elevates the work and renders the book a collector's item. Overall the design is so masterful in creating the perfect platform to let the images speak for themselves.

Don't overlook the "On My Mind..." section that leads the book. It's a moment where a handful of people from the art and commercial world comment on a particular image that has captivated them for one reason or another. Very cool.

Check it out and subscribe at the Foam website.
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