I was at the newsagent a couple of weeks ago and I found a magazine which is very much to my taste. I might have mentioned it before, but imported magazines in South Africa are quite pricey and Black + White Photography, costing the same as 11.73 McDonalds cheeseburgers, is no exception.
I took a chance and bought the July 2009 edition and was very pleased that I did so. The mag is packed with interesting articles on various aspects of photography and a selection of superb monochrome images to get you inspired. In this issue, at least, there were a few equipment reviews, but the subject matter is overwhelmingly about photography, not equipment. The right balance in my view.
The articles included:
- A profile on Paul Anthony, a reportage photographer.
- Details on an exhibition being mounted by celebrity photographer Rankin.
- Black & white news from the USA.
- Photobook reviews.
- Spotlight on Eamonn McCabe.
- Tips for selling pictures.
- Puttin together a portfolio.
- A directory of black and white printing paper.
The mag does have a UK bias in that the exhibitions and happenings referrred to, are taking place there, and the adverts refer to UK shops. That didn’t matter at all to me because there is so much else in the magazine, and it’s incredibly inspiring.
You can get more information and subscription details on Black + White at the GMC Publications website. Surprisingly, there are no articles posted online or any forums, but maybe, that fits in with the slightly old fashioned feel of the magazine. One of the articles concerns the author’s visit to Venice during which he uses a film camera, for heaven’s sake!!