ISSUE 03 —
Does inclusion of an article on Megan Francis Sullivan's 'Slow' series signal the future direction for Fantom magazine? The newly arrived arty photographic magazine has always been about photography in its broadest forms. But,Federico Sarcia's article on the 'Slow' series - accompanied by images- is new territory. Megan Francis Sullivan is,after all,primarily a painter and the works in the series consist of gouache on paper. The relationship between photography and the almost photorealist languid images of teenage boys sunning themselves on beach towels is self-evident. But,in crossing that narrow line,Fantom does,indeed,dip its toes into the waters of 'art magazine'.
Furthermore,art is even more heavily evident in this issue than its predecessors: Petra Feriancova's images appropriated from her grandfather's archive documenting his pigeon breeding activities; an article on Reza Aramesh whose photography is almost secondary to the performance itself; and Yao Lu's works that engage directly with Chinese tradition,manipulating photography of a contemporary industrial China into traditional forms. Also of note: the article on the revival of album cover photography as an important ground for creative experimentation.