a brief look at what’s new in magazines this past week, including Smith Journal’s smart collection of essays and eclectic combination of curiosities; Icon look at Chinese design; and the BJP take a look at photographers’ projects that interact and commingle with their subjects. all the mags below are now available to MagShuffle subscribers. MagShuffle is our new mix and match magazine subscription service, where you can personally curate your year of monthly deliveries from a roster of 140+ magazines.
ambit – #231
issue 231 of Ambit is the first time it’s been available to MagShuffle subscribers. the edition features poetry, prose and art with contributions from Judy Brown, N.J. Stallard, Caitlin Newby, Sophie Larrimore and Vala Thorodds among many others, and 10 pages of the mag are curated by Cubitt Gallery curatorial fellow, Helen Nisbet, who selects artwork for the issue.
smith journal – #25
volume 25 of Smith Journal is an eclectic combination of curiosities with some smart essays on various topics including the amazing story of 1930s French car racing driver, Hellé Nice; two great music-related essays look at 1980s hair metal and musicians hailing from a Malian refugee camp; there’s a super look at the practice of forensic architecture in the war-torn Middle East; and a linguist-turned-enemy of the state to Georgia. lots of top quality essays and ideas in this edition. well worth a look.
icon – #177
issue 177 of Icon – the China issue – takes a peak at new Chinese design, from interviews surveying the urban and rural landscapes of China to a new museum that’s meant to ‘mark China’s shift from manufacturing to a creative culture’. there’s a fascinating essay on the country’s eco-urban revolution and a features that looks at the new design studios popping up in China. elsewhere in the issue there’s opinion pieces on container architecture and online campaigns, reviews and show round-ups.
british journal of photography – march 2018
the March issue of the BJP – the community issue – takes a look at photographers’ projects that interact and commingle with their subjects. the profile section shines here with work from Nicholas JR White who hikes in Scotland and photographs its natural beauty and his stay in mountain refuges or bothies; and the excellent project by Arthur Crestani, who photographed urban Indians against the backdrop of real-estate advertising imagery to show the contrast between the now and India’s concept of its future. elsewhere there’s a written profile of the photo artist Jim Goldberg, and Carolyn Drake’s collaboration with members of an orphanage years after she first met them.
sight & sound – march 2018
in the march issue of Sight & Sound, there’s a close look at new film, Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan. Gerwig is interviewed by Pamela Hutchinson in this edition, and ideas from the film are given a sideways look in the form of a feature on female friendships in movies which takes in The Women, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes among others. elsewhere the issue provides reviews, interviews and features on other new films such as Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless, Ingmar Bergman, Sebastián Lelio, I, Tonya, and much more.