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Blow magazine celebrates the best in international photography - here’s a sample of what it has to offer
Pascal Fellonneau is a French photographer, born in 1969. Since the beginning of the French presidential campaign in 2012, he has been documenting election posters in Paris, capturing the aftermath of what happens to these symbols of power and achievement. torn, covered in graffiti, peeling away from the elements and humorously defaced.
Blow Photo is Ireland’s only large-format publication dedicated to photography. Since 2010, it has focused 10 beautiful editions on various topics, with each one acting as “a hand held gallery for some of the best photographers around the world”. In 2013, Blow was nominated for best magazine at the prestigious Lucie Awards in New York.
For each new edition, The Irish Times will be reproducing a selection of online images from the magazine. The latest issue, featured here, focuses on street photography - though we’d really encourage you to pick up a physical copy and experience the quality of the edition for yourself (not to mention the delicious, freshly printed smell of swathes of ink on paper). This issue is also limited edition and numbered, and with a bit of arting and crafting you could slice it up and have yourself a number of beautiful prints.
For more information, or to get a copy, see blowphoto.com. It’s typically €15, though the current limited-edition issue costs €25. All images are available as proper prints from the website.
Some highlights from the current edition:
Soll Hill was born in 1971 in the US. He has made ‘digital noise’ a focus of his work. ‘As we pass through the contemporary urban environment we are overwhelmed with information. In order to survive we must filter out this background noise and select the elements most relevant to our personal experience. Just as humans filter out noise, so too does the art of photography.’
Martin Roemers is a Dutch photographer, born in 1962. He is documenting the world’s megacities- Cairo, Bangladesh, Beijing, New York- the places with more than 10 million inhabitants. His photographs offer a meticulous look at the chaos, colour, economy, art and politics of daily life in our global village. This is a one shot image that captures the swirling spirit of these sprawling metropolises.
Domenico Foschi. Born in 1963 in Italy, Foschi is currently based in the US. He uses street photography to express the complicated relationship he experiences during ‘true moments of kinship with the city’.
Gabriele Croppi is an Italian photographer. ‘The metaphysics of photography mean going beyond what we see, beyond meaning to the deeper essences that affect our thoughts and our approach to life.’ In his images, ‘the usual chaos of these urban metropolises falls away and into stillness, silence and bold negative spaces’.