Fantom No. 2.
Numerous contributing photographers. Edited by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz and Selva Barni.
Fantombooks/Boiler Corporation, 2010. 120 pp., 135 color illustrations, 9x11".
Founded in Milan and New York in 2009, and published quarterly, Fantom is the only contemporary photography magazine to address photography’s cross-disciplinary character, in advertising, art, design, fashion and throughout the media. The second issue of Fantom sports an eye-catching “Octopus Portrait” cover by Yumiko Utsu, and contains portfolios from Nicolai Howalt, Maurizio Anzeri, Annette Kisling and Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili. Writings are presented in themed columns: in “Essays,” Marilyn Minter writes on Paul Kooiker, Sara Greenberger Rafferty on Liz Deschenes and Federica Bueti on Tris Vonna-Michell; in “Eye of the Beholder,” Javier Peres introduces Kirstine Roepstorff’s A Modern Woman; in “Blog Cabin,” Alex Gartenfeld writes on Lucas Samaras; in “Sample Size,” Angelo Plessas reviews Advertising Abstraction in the late 1960s; in “By Appointment Only,” Francesco Zanot visits the collection of David Farrell; and in “Eye to Eye,” Martino Marangoni meets Abelardo Morell. All this and much more is included, providing a far-ranging cross-section of photography’s diverse character.