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A new site to help find talent worldwide

A new site to help find talent worldwide

Need to find a Fashion photographer in Stockholm? A prop stylist in Atlanta? A still life photographer in Toronto?  Well, no need to go through that stack of photographer promo cards or google endlessly.  T.Brittain Stone has teamed up with aPhotoEditor.com (a great site, if you haven't checked it out) to bring you theAgentList.com, currently launched in beta.  We talked with Stone about the site and how it can be an asset to photo editors for finding new talent worldwide.

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iPortrait

iPortrait

By GREG POND

It's been more than three weeks since Steve Jobs passed away. He will be missed by many people, but especially by the creative community which he inspired and enabled. Perhaps for no other group of people does the line Made On A Mac mean more.

The blogosphere and the media have moved on to other stories, but only a week ago, it seemed as if the only story was that of Steve Jobs' death. One image seems to define not only that story, but also the man himself. It is the soulful black and white portrait of Jobs that was photographed by Albert Watson for Fortune in 2006. I was privileged to be the photography director of the magazine at that time.

Once in a while, a magazine photograph takes on a life of its own beyond the page. Watson's portrait has become one of those. Since his death, the image has quickly become the iconic portrait of Steve Jobs.
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Platon's Power

Platon's Power

In September 2009, photographer Platon began a project to photograph world leaders, documenting the familiar and not-so-familiar faces of world power at the beginning of the era of our Great Recession. As the New Yorker described it, it was "a five-day-long improvisation, with Platon doing his best to lure the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, and Muammar Qaddafi to his camera..." Platon's new book, Power: Portraits of World Leaders gathers these images, together with an introduction from David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, creating a permanent witness of the leaders of this current, jumbled, chaotic moment in our history. Catch an interview with Platon after the jump...
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"The Last Blast": Dan Winters Photographs the Shuttle Launch for Texas Monthly

After an aborted attempt on Friday, and another postponement now this afternoon, we are waiting for next Saturday to see the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. The trip is part of NASA's final set of missions for the entire space shuttle program, making each trip to the heavens even more rare as they close in on sending the final ship, Atlantis, up in June of 2011. (And causing job security anxiety for the astronauts.) In an amazing photo essay for the April 2011 issue of Texas Monthly, photographer Dan Winters documented the first of these final flights, that of the space shuttle Discovery, launched this past February. TM Creative Director T.J. Tucker and Dan share some of the work published in the magazine with us here, and more of the making-of process that went into creating the historic photo essay. From T.J. Tucker, Texas Monthly Creative Director:
In early 2010, I met my good friend and longtime Texas Monthly contributing photographer Dan Winters for coffee at a cool little spot off South Congress Avenue in downtown Austin. We do this a handful of times a year to catch up and talk about upcoming projects. Since I'm fortunate enough to be working at a magazine that still appreciates a good photo essay, I'm always looking for ideas. On this day Dan was talking about NASA and the end of the space shuttle program. In twelve months, NASA would be sending its final missions into space, and Dan wanted to be there--toting not one camera but eight, with the intention of capturing the most dynamic images from this singular fleeting event. Now, let's see, Dan Winters + space shuttles. Hmm . . .
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"She loved it so much that she took the contact sheets from office to office showing them off to anyone in her path."

The New Yorker has a farewell to longtime Visuals Editor Elisabeth Biondi on their site, a slideshow of just a few of the works she curated while there, featuring the photographers' recollections of working with her. Click here for photos and behind-the-scenes stories from Martin Schoeller, Robert Polidori, Sylvia Plachy, Martine Fougeron, Max Vadukul, and more.

Photo above: Martin Schoeller for The New Yorker, April 8, 2002.
Henry Leutwyler's Neverland Lost

Henry Leutwyler's Neverland Lost

You all know Henry Leutwyler from his celebrated Vogue, Vanity Fair, New York Times Magazine, and Esquire photos. Well, some of my new all-time favorite MICHAEL JACKSON images are on display at the Foley Gallery on West 28th Street in NYC www.foleygallery.com. I revealed my Michael Jackson scrapbooks (circa 1973) in an embarrassing post last year, so you can only imagine how much I now covet one of these photos...

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Duffy: Photo Shoot or Video Shoot?

Duffy: Photo Shoot or Video Shoot?

As previously discussed on SPD.org, the lines between photo shoots and videos shoots are blurring more and more. iheartradio had Duffy down to perform for an intimate audience last week. Instead of shooting with our standard HD video cameras, we took the opportunity to shoot our pre-show interview with the Canon 5D Mark II with a macro lens to give a soft, cinematic feel to the interview.

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Duffy, photographed on November 3rd for iheartradio by Chris Owyoung
creative director: Josh Klenert, photo editor: Anna Dickson, assistant photo editor: Shelby Case



We set the camera to a very low iso for maximum depth of field, and used Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens with wide open aperture. The main camera was about 2-3 feet from Duffy, who was lit with a large ring light out kino flo lights. 

Watch our highlight package after the jump...
(Make sure you watch the video in full 1080p glory)





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I. FREAKING. LOVE. HALLOWEEN

I. FREAKING. LOVE. HALLOWEEN

Anyone who knows me pretty well is well aware of several of my obsessions: barbecue, wine, fighting, Van Halen...yadda yadda...just to name a few. Also in that list of obsessions (addictions?) would be...
1) Halloween--not at all strange to come in to my office this time of year hearing the theme to John Carpenter's Halloween on a constant loop. Dry ice has made an appearance in my office...and home...several times. As I type this, 4 inches from my keyboard is a gold metallic candle in the shape of a skull that someone (who rules) gave me as a gift a few days ago.
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The New York Times Hits a Grand Slam with Flex

The New York Times Hits a Grand Slam with Flex

The U.S. Open, the final grand slam tennis tournament of the year -- and the largest sporting event in tennis --  begins on Monday, August 30. To mark the occasion, Kathy Ryan, director of photography at The New York Times Magazine, commissioned the photographer Dewey Nicks to shoot some of the top players in women's tennis with the new Phantom Flex camera. When it goes on sale next week, the Flex will be the fastest high-definition camera on the market. The Magazine is the first to use the Flex for an editorial assignment. Miki Meek, the magazine's web producer, and Stacey Baker, deputy photo editor, helped produce the amazing imagery. See more after the jump... … MORE
VII Photo Agency Now Also VII Publishers

VII Photo Agency Now Also VII Publishers

Bulb's Sortir du Cadre feature and A Photo Editor both carry interesting Q&As with Stephen Mayes, the managing director of VII photo agency, and Scott Thode, formerly photo editor at Fortune and now the editor of VII's new venture, an online magazine featuring the work of their photographers: VII The Magazine. VII says of the new pub...

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Holy Eyjafjallajokull !

Holy Eyjafjallajokull !

I've been working with an amazing photographer in Iceland, Sigurður Stefnisson, and hounding him for a final invoice, when today he touched base with these images from the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajokull...… MORE
A Friend Writes...

A Friend Writes...

photo above: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris (1932)

Dear Grids,

I went to MoMA this week to check out Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, the terrific new retrospective of the work of the late, great French photographer who pioneered street photography as an art form.

Have you been yet? If not, run don't walk. The galleries were packed with half the populations of France, Spain, and Italy (what's with all the European tourists in April by the way?) but don't let that put you off.
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Platon's Photos of Civil Rights Heroes

Platon's Photos of Civil Rights Heroes

The New Yorker's Feb. 15-22, 2010 issue featured a remarkable portfolio of civil rights-era leaders photographed by Platon. Titled "The Promise," it also has an introduction by New Yorker editor David Remnick. The portfolio includes portraits of Malcolm X's daughters, Jesse Jackson, Muhammad Ali, former Black Panther Party leaders, the Little Rock Nine, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth of Birmingham, and many more.

The New Yorker's website features a slideshow of the photographs, with accompanying video and audio interviews, and many more archival images (the photographic composite above is taken from the website).

As good and engaging as the website slideshow is, this portfolio is a graphic reminder of the effectiveness of printed images. Looking at these pages of The New Yorker, you're hit dead-on by both the power of Platon's work and the amazing history and personal dedication and sacrifice that these photographs represent. I'm going to get all old school and say that no iPad presentation, no website slideshow will ever have the same impact as seeing these amazing images on a printed page. Respect the online, but love the print.


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Photo Shoot or Video Shoot?

Photo Shoot or Video Shoot?

With cameras like the RED ONE, digital photography is starting to merge with shooting video. These recent covers for TIME and Esquire (after the jump) were shot on video. Esquire says, "For the first time in Esquire's history (and, we imagine, magazine history in general), a cover image was shot as a video." 

Have you had experience with this new process? Tell us what you think about this new arena.
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Platon's Portraits of Power

Platon's Portraits of Power

In September 2009, Platon set up shop in the General Assembly at the UN and set about photographing the world leaders gathered there for The New Yorker, where he is staff photographer. The magazine has a great collection of the shots, each accompanied by an audio clip of Platon describing some of the behind-the-scenes in getting his shot. Read more, and check the whole series out here on The New Yorker's site.

(Photo grid courtesy of The New Yorker.)

Goodbye, Mr. Penn

Goodbye, Mr. Penn

By GREG POND

How do you say goodbye to someone you never met?

I never knew Irving Penn. But I'm going to miss him. He was a constant, important presence in my life for many years.

I've looked for Irving Penn's pictures in American Vogue every month for as long as I can remember. I looked for the man himself on the street in New York too. A photographer friend once told me a story about Mr. Penn, a myth no doubt, one of those artist-as-God stories, related in a hushed voice, but I liked the story, so I chose to believe it. … MORE
Portfolio Review

Portfolio Review

Joined a bright crew of 30 + art buyers & photo editors at ASMP's portfolio review at Tribeca Skyline, and met with a range of established and aspiring photographers; here are the highlights from those I met. … MORE
Photojournalism Q&A with Michele McNally of the NY Times

Photojournalism Q&A with Michele McNally of the NY Times

Michele McNally is the Managing Editor at The New York Times overseeing all the photography commissioned for and used in the paper -- everything from the front page color spot selection to the photo use throughout the sections and reporting pages.

Read on for more on her Q&A this week where she's answering any and all questions about the business of photography and photo editing... it's pretty great to see, especially when she gets into what happened to "the good old days".

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Can't Re-Touch This

Can't Re-Touch This

Another summer begins, another kerfuffle stirred up by a foreign fashion magazine: The New York Times today covers the June issue of French Elle, and photographer Peter Lindbergh's covers and interiors of the glamorous sans makeup or retouching--what the Times refers to as a "raw-celebrity" movement.

New trend, or the cycle of magazine life?

(covers via The Cut / NYmag.com)
Annie Leibovitz Honored

Annie Leibovitz Honored

The highlight for me at last night's National Magazine Awards (aside from the good people of Automobile's acceptance speech which was freaking amazing) was ASME bestowing Annie Leibovitz with the Creative Excellence Award. A kind of Hall of Presidents graced the stage--Jann Wenner, Tina Brown, Anna Wintour and Graydon Carter--each to share their respect and gratitude for Annie's brilliance on the pages of their magazines.   … MORE
Dianas and Holgas and Lomos, oh my!

Dianas and Holgas and Lomos, oh my!

Hi all, if you're a shooter, printer or collector like me...tonight in NY begins an exciting move from the crazy Austrian kids at Lomography. I visited their canyons of images in their Dumbo loft a few years back, as well as the downtown pop-up store over the holidays ...and glad to hear they will be here permanently. The store on 8th street has their grand opening tonight, with over 35,000 Lomographs, music, drinks and displaying all the deadstock Russian outfits, fisheyes, glow in the dark kits, and more. I tested the Horizon panoramic last year and its moving lens is super cool, and the Fuji underwater set is supposed to be top notch. More info on the jump. Shoot away! … MORE
Eggleston at the Whitney...Last Chance

Eggleston at the Whitney...Last Chance

William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008 will be on view at the Whitney through this weekend, closing on the 25th--your last opportunity to view this incredibly dense and varied retrospective of Eggleston's work of the last 50 years.  Eggleston's mark on color photography and influence on both the art and commercial worlds is undeniable.  His images are consistently raw and potent, beautiful and trashy.  Take the time this weekend to head uptown and take in this memorable show. 

Other notables currently at the Whitney:  Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933 which is simply amazing.  And don't miss the buttermilk pancakes at Sarabeth's!


ABOVE: William Eggleston, "Untitled", n.d, from "Los Alamos", 1965-68 and 1972-74 (published 2003). Dye transfer print, 12 x 17 3/4 in. (30.5 x 45.1 cm). Private Collection © Eggleston Artistic Trust. Courtesy Cheim & Read Gallery.

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Jason Eskenazi's Wonderland

Jason Eskenazi's Wonderland

Every so often, a body of work interrupts daily life and helps us see the poetry and pathos of living. Jason Eskenazi's recent book Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith is this catalyst.
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Spotlight on 'The Big Picture' from Boston.com

Spotlight on 'The Big Picture' from Boston.com

MediaShift has done a profile of both The Big Picture and Alan Taylor, the web developer behind it, in Big Pictures Help Tell Big Stories at Boston.com.

It's worth a read and The Big Picture is definitely worth a look, especially the spectacular Year in Review: Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3.



PREVIOUSLY: Powerful Web Photojournalism

Event Impact

Event Impact

We have a long way to go before producing a zero waste event, but here are some steps we took in organizing our LandSeaAir benefit auction on November 19th.  Keeping our event theme in mind, we wanted to make sure we created as little garbage as possible, while also throwing the best event we could and getting the biggest bang for the buck. One of the decisions we made was to serve drinks in biodegradable drinking cups.
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LOUPED IN: Michael Norseng on Esquire's Angels

LOUPED IN: Michael Norseng on Esquire's Angels

Esquire magazine has been honoring sexy women since first publishing George Petty's "Girls" in 1934; Mike Norseng speaks about carrying the mantle of the "babe" photo shoot, and how to handle strange chemistry on set.
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LOUPED IN:  Zana Woods, The Message is in the Medium

LOUPED IN: Zana Woods, The Message is in the Medium

For 15 years, WIRED has been bringing us insight into the digital revolution.  Senior Photo Editor, Zana Woods is in love with the modern world, but what about digital film?
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LOUPED IN: Choosing the Next President ('s picture)

LOUPED IN: Choosing the Next President ('s picture)

The morning after the election and the New York Times is sold out city wide.  Crowds line up outside the Times building to purchase additional post-election printings.  Copies sell for as much as $400 on ebay.  But how does one go about choosing the picture for the most historic election in US history?

Michele McNally, New York Times photography director, shares the process...

(The New York Times, Early Edition)
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LOUPED IN: Nancy Jo Iacoi, from Photo Editor to Agent

LOUPED IN: Nancy Jo Iacoi, from Photo Editor to Agent

She's worked at some of our most beloved magazines -- Rolling Stone, Time Out NY, Premiere, and Esquire -- and curated numerous photography exhibits.  Just recently she moved over to the the repping side of the business.  She's Nancy Jo Iacoi and she talks with SPD about her evolution, the photography community, and the difference between editorial and advertising...

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LOUPED IN: Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Berman talks about strippers and Hope

LOUPED IN: Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Berman talks about strippers and Hope

Lisa Berman has worked with some of the toughest and most talented photographers in the editorial world.  From Annie and Mark, to Nigel and Norman, and I know she has plenty of stories to tell...

Learn more about photography editing with our 6 panelists on November 11th at  Louped In

(Photograph by Lisa Kereszi, "Julie onstage in red bikini, East Village, NYC, 2001")

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Worth A Look

Worth A Look

To celebrate their 25th anniversary (of this iteration), Vanity Fair has been making lists of all the best things: parties and books and, of course, photography. The slideshow of their top 25 news photographs is online here. The photos, some downright haunting, stretch back far before just the last 25 years, oddly enough to 1936, the year the first era of VF ended.

Any you think they missed?

Jesse Owens in the final of the long jump at the 1936 Olympics, in Berlin. From Fox Photos/Getty Images.
Michele McNally awarded Picture Editor of the Year...

Michele McNally awarded Picture Editor of the Year...

...at the Lucie Awards at Lincoln Center!
SPD congratulates all the evening's winners.

Couldn't be there?  Well come see what all the excitement is about when Michele McNally and a panel of photo editors talk about what inspires them at LOUPED IN on Tuesday, November 11.

Photograph by Lynsey Addario for The New York Times
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LOUPED IN: TONIGHT!

LOUPED IN: TONIGHT!

"The world now contains more photographs than bricks, and they are, astonishingly, all different."  -  John Szarkowski
The Photography Editors

They began in philosophy and film, retail and environmental studies; but today they are all photography editors: passionate about the images they produce, and the photographers they work with. On Tuesday night they'll talk about what sparks their imagination, their inspirations, and the assignments that keep them questioning, "how should this look?"
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Inspiration: Télérama

Inspiration: Télérama

If you've read my recent blogs, you've probably figured out by now that I'm not only a bit of a francophile, but also a huge Avedon fan, so forgive moi, but here comes just one more... On my recent trip to Paris, I also caught the very last day of the Avedon show at the Galerie de Jeu De Paume. Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004 was an awe-inspiring retrospective that showed the photographer's span of work from the beginning of his career to his death in 2004, from his fashion photographs for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, to his portraits in the American West. In case you missed this exhibition, you can check out most of the work shown in his series of books at amazon.com. But since sadly, the Avedon show is over, so I wanted to share what I happened to pick up when as I was leaving the gallery, a little French magazine called Télérama.

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The Fader #57 Photo Special

The Fader #57 Photo Special

While the world AIDS crisis has received much media and political attention, coverage of the disease here in the United States has by comparison been relatively neglected. Only after the recent release of statistics detailing a marked and shocking increase in cases--particularly amongst young African-American women--has the news media responded to the seriousness of the issue here at home. But however shocking these figures--there are 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in America and the disease is leading cause of death of African American women between the ages of 15-34--they do little to make those at risk identify with those affected. Krisanne Johnson's photo essay in the current issue of The FADER focuses on the ordinary lives of young, black, American positive women. The story brings a human face to the impersonal statistics and gives an individual voice to some of those affected. From New York to Mississippi we are able to witness the everyday lives of these women, their family and their friends, while the text details first hand the experiences of two of these women, Marvelyn Brown and Lolisa Gibson, living with AIDS.

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Get Me Patrick!

Get Me Patrick!

We all remember the scene in, "The Devil Wears Prada" where Meryl Streep, as Anna Wintour yells at her assistant, played by Anne Hathaway, to get Demarchelier on the line, his name being tossed around throughout the film as if he were Madonna or Prince. Well the Musée du Petit Palais did get Patrick, and the result is truly inspiring.

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Sneak Peek: American Photography 24

Sneak Peek: American Photography 24

As most of us know from the email blast of last week, we're not so far away from the release of the American Photography annual, the 24th such installment. This year, AP24 was designed by SPD's very own Scott Dadich, CD of WIRED and features a cover photograph by Plamen Petkov. For the first time, the book is a horizontal affair with a double-spine, hard-cover, 3-piece case with extended flap and magnet enclosure in foil-embossed black satin with a silk-screened printed edge.
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Photos from the CITY

Photos from the CITY

It's been some time since SPD requested mounted boards as part of the Annual submissions package, but views of the new book out from CITY magazine, "CITY: A Photography Retrospective, Vol. 1" brought some nostalgia for the days when we did, giving those of us in the office the opportunity to spend real quality time with each year's winning work, lovingly presented at their best, and we could position it about the office, agog in the design, typography and photography on display, no ads, no blow-in cards, just full, goregous spreads.
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A Treasure on Your Bookshelves

A Treasure on Your Bookshelves

Are you wanting to clean out your bookshelves or desperately looking for an out of print photo book? You might want to try Photo-eye and a great guy named Eric Miles, whom I have had wonderful dealings with.

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Avedon & BRIDES

Avedon & BRIDES

In preparation for BRIDES' big birthday in January (a girl never tells her age!), my photo team and I have been muddling through decades of archived issues, starting in the 1930's. So, in the next few weeks, for your viewing pleasure, I will be posting a blog about BRIDES covers through the decades, some are just ASTOUNDING, others--umm, less so. (thank you, 1970's).

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Double Take

Double Take

In a post-Photoshop world, wondering if a picture is real is second nature.  In judging American Photo's emerging artists competition there were two photographers using digital manipulation to create the final image.  Kelli Connell makes naturalistic reenactments of one couple's intimate relationship, while Edith Maybin creates somewhat creepy images of herself and her daughter. 
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New Favorite Magazine: FOAM

New Favorite Magazine: FOAM

I'm afraid I'm a little late to the party on this one but Foam: International Photography Magazine based out of Amsterdam is simply amazing.  I was lucky enough to come across it at the NY Photo Fesitval in Dumbo--directed to it by my pal Ryan Mesina in the Real Simple Photo Department.  We were both instant fans.  Each specially themed issue feels like you've stumbled into a little photo gallery on a city street that is filled with gems the likes of which you haven't seen before.  … MORE
Destination: DestinAsian

Destination: DestinAsian

I was first introduced to DestinAsian magazine about four years ago, when I was with a  photographer friend in Bali, and we had dinner with the editor-in-chief, Christopher Hill. Based in Jakarta, the Asian luxury travel and lifestyle magazine is quite hard to find in the States unless you go to a really on-top-of-it international magazine store, but it is all the rage in big cities across Asia, and well-represented in the SPD design annual.
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Inspiration: Milk Magazine

Inspiration: Milk Magazine

Since Fabien Baron left French Vogue to come back to America, you might think you need to bid the city of lights "adieu", but don't give up on France until you've checked out Milk magazine. I came across this French mag for kids' fashion (le magazine de mode enfantine) when I was in Paris a few years ago, at a tiny newsstand near my hotel.… MORE

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