Ways in which we discover new photographic content is constantly evolving, even more so true with the power of the internet. Over the past five years many online photography galleries have sprung up due to low start up cost, the alluring possibilities of infinite structure and easier access to a wider audience…the list goes on. New curators have stepped up to the plate, standing on newly built boxes for their chance to articulate a new perspective on the medium of photography and the world around them. Others are actively working to keep photographic print alive. Niche groups of people are growing in renewed appreciation for the photographic book, yearning for a more traditional output for photography.
-Aint-Bad Magazine, Issue N.4. Cover image by Mathieu Bernard-Reymond
Aint-Bad Magazine is one group actively keeping this balance, as a gorgeous printed publication and one of our favorite online archives. Directed and co-edited by one of PNB's very own, Caitie Moore, blog facilitator/manager. Aint-Bad Magazine offers a fresh approach to photography foremost as a printed quarterly journal and secondly an online gallery. Each photographer is hand selected and curated by four of their founding members, Taylor Curry, James Jackman, Caitie Moore and Carson Sanders. Developed to build and promote an international community of photographers with artistic and intellectual genius, they are dedicated to perpetuating new and exciting world perspective through the medium of photography.
What makes them different is that they are a printed publication focusing exclusively on photography. Releasing four times a year, Aint-Bad stresses the importance of seeing photography in the way it was intended -- in PRINT! Through raised funds from a successful Kickstarter campaign (learn more about crowd funding here), this magazine is brilliantly printed by Oddi Printing in Reykjavik Iceland (http://www.oddi.com/). Each issue discusses a refined thought, photographic works sequenced to build a frame of reference around a given topic. Aint-Bad aims to ask larger questions about our contemporary world and humanity, publishing the work of over forty photographers in their first three issues.
Issues 1-3 of Aint-Bad Magazine
With three issues under their belt Aint-Bad will release their fourth issue mid-September. Grand Illusion confronts the idea of commercial and consumer consumption with works by international artists Livia Corona, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond and Louis Porter.
The online portion of their publication acts as a supplement. Over the next few months they will release additional content for readers whom wish to become more involved with the artists published in the magazine. The website also acts as a place to circulate photographic projects on a looser basis, without need for a rigid structure. They highlight two photographers a week with articles ranging from artist profiles and interviews to book reviews and publications.
Big things have been happening for this little company, with the launch of their new yearly subscription plan and induction into ARTBOOK@the PS1 MoMA, Aint-Bad is finally on the map. Pre-orders for No. 4 are currently being taken only through the purchase of a subscription. You can find a copy of Aint-Bad Magazine at the Harvard Bookstore, on their website, photo-eye bookstore or at a location near you (click here for vendors).
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