Paris Photo Special: In conversation with FOAM Magazine Nov 11th

Soho House Paris

This week, as Paris Photo is being celebrated, Paris Photo Special welcomed friends from FOAM, Amsterdam’s renowned, award-winning, quarterly photography magazine. FOAM is widely acclaimed for its superior graphic design, content quality, and captivating portfolios that provide a unique overview of contemporary photography.

In this talk, FOAM’s editor-in-chief, Elisa Medde, describes the creative process that led to the publication of this unique work. She introduces the most recent issue of M/Otherlands, highlighting the work of British photographer Johny Pitte, who joins Medde for a Q&A. This event was held on November 11 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m in Soho House.

Elisa Medde

Amsterdam-based Elisa Medde has worked as a photography editor and curator for cultural institutions, publishing houses, and non-profit organizations. She has been the managing editor of the photography magazine Foam since 2012.

Elisa began by describing the magazine’s most fundamental characteristics. Despite employing the same designer throughout the years, the magazine’s shape, form, and design have evolved. It is published three times a year and each issue contains a staggering 288 pages. In keeping with its intended function as a portable platform, it is also constructed in this manner. Elisa stated that they plan to host between sixteen and nineteen portfolios per issue by creating a series of portfolio texts based on various periodicals. They combine specific photography portfolios with newspaper articles in publications with 10–12 distinct types of paper.

Elisa believes that an online or national art platform is essential because it allows you to view and gain recognition for the work you are producing. Motherland is comprised of 280 pages of graphene, which is currently produced using a different types of nanosheets. FOAM magazine utilizes sponsored paper, and merchant paper designers use it to provide them with all the scraps. The transnational issues initiative of Motherland discusses nationalism in Europe, but it could also be used to promote or lust. To engage with members of their community through this feature, they prefer to include timeless themes with content that precisely dates the magazine.

There are now three distinct groups: those responsible for the magazine, those responsible for the economy, and the remainder. It is essential to discuss nationalism in Europe because it must be engaging. Timeless calls for a variety of solutions and cannot be resolved singly. Practitioners from all over the world can call to select names and locations for a magazine or an exhibition solution. Again, the structure is required to produce something reasonable, experienced, and diverse if we are to exhibit ourselves in our space.

This issue’s typeface is unique, and it focuses on graffiti. Talent is one of the many issues facing the European Union. Adults are also a problem; it has a name: Mother, and it’s getting worse. The Reckoning examines the resurgence of nationalism and its impact on our lives. How can photography illustrate these issues? Can we discuss these topics as well as how to create a magazine about nationalism without using the term nationalism?

The new topic is the HIV-related section for which they requested information about a new body of work, and for which they have a sort of preview.

In the following, Elisa discussed a different subject. This project was presented at Tate in a massive exhibition, but also as a public space project, with photos taken of how education is organized in a country where a lot of other dynamics occur. The photographs were affixed to six-by-six-by-three-foot billboards where one would typically find Gucci advertisements depicting the classes that this class portrayed. This is Audio for blue, and he discusses the representation of King Leopold’s colonial legacy in Belgium’s public spaces. This non-systematic body of work examines the race culture of 1990s Europe. According to her childhood memories as well as the current educational climate and measures.

Funnel is a substantial body of work that examines raising symbols; it consists of portraits of people who belonged to Nazi groups in Germany and had symbols implanted within their bodies for a variety of reasons. In Turkey, forensic architecture examines recent events on the river. Fantastic artist, we’re talking again about migrants seeking a husband with an EU passport. Regina Dumont, it is how important sex is in this type of politics.

It’s time for Johny Pitte to address the M/Otherlands issues. he believes that a lot of photography, particularly street photography, revolves around the concept of the decisive moment.

For a time, an English publisher was at the top of the Communist Party. While so, it’s this notion of photography that comes to a rich kid who can afford to buy a lot of innovations in street photography were made to be supported by a Leica when they were very difficult to get ahold of in the 1930s and he was first likely Marcy, actually. And as a hunter, he honed his photographic technique. And what happened, and what has happened over the years, is that this has become the dominant notion of good street photography.

It’s where Johny believes it resonates, where heart and mind collide. And in some ways, with specific visual measurements. Everything comes together in a single frame. Everything is perfect except for the fact that someone is walking by and there is a shadow, and it is only this timeframe. And when the eyes contacted me about the red Afro key, they wanted me to write a book about photographers in Europe, but in an era where these Commissions are given to black practitioners. And I believe, and this was not the case with the eyes, that they were genuinely intrigued and wanted to go on a journey with me.

And he believe, and this was not the case with the eyes, that they were genuinely intrigued and wanted to go on a journey with me. But the worst thing that could have happened is that music did exactly what was expected of it. Simply choose photographers at random because they were black and lived in Europe. And I was thinking, “Well, what if you look at the tradition of black photographers, what did they offer?” What can we learn from looking at photographers who identify as black?

What can we learn from looking at photographers who identify as black? So karamba developed in the if you look at the word photography, look at the etymology of the word. You break it down into forecasts and graphs from the ancient Greek forecast, meaning light graphs meaning to write so that the literal meaning of photo take vote is to write with light or Decker or when it is to write the shadows and so instead of always looking for how light falls on a subject, he’ll look at the shadows fall on a subject, and then work even further within that low end. Consider how the shadow is what the shadows mean the dark skin.

He was curious about, all the journey cards and how they favored paler skin. He was drawn to dark skin in a dark environment. And what happened is that he developed a technique such as holding his breath and his jazz clubs, and Sydney is extremely beautiful. And so on until you get to Stanley green, and then later on a lot of photographers work in our school or they confer the best equipment. Johny continued: “We’re talking about visual hip hop in the same way that hip hop emerges from the socioeconomic crumbs of 1970s New York and kids making musical instruments. So I started to see that in a lot of the photography and the aesthetic that emerged, and what I liked about what I was seeing, and I would say that Liz Johnson was the first person who came to mind when I thought of BCI. How many people are aware of her work? Incredible Russian mother, the Ghanaian father, grew up mostly in Bulgaria, and play on the verge of failure.”

So, it’s that notion of the ordinary. Yeah, so what was important to me was to demonstrate that people sometimes enjoy doing nothing. You are in a cafe, relaxing, and strolling along the beach to complete this project. I traveled along the coast of Britain because it is a fault line for the nation. Throughout the history of colonialism, there are inevitably departures. You have new arrivals, you know, and the immigration detention center has been in the news recently due to racist attacks on the center. Therefore, it is interesting to leave Brixton or to leave Brixton as if it were bar bears, repelled, Chateau Rouge, or something similar. And then to find darkness by the seaside or in other locations. The goal was to find brown skin and marine ly, but due to the fucking awful British weather and to describe the color palette, this is Kente cloth in fog. So there are these colors, they’re these Pan African colors, which you’ll frequently see in my work, but it’s like they’re obscured by a layer of terrible English weather. It’s an attempt to create a body of work that focuses on the human condition as opposed to anything spectacular or terrible.

the host said, “It’s an interesting conversation, and I’m really fascinated and interested in how much solidarity in class is intertwined and you can’t take them apart once you’re talking about the besides that you’re interrogating,” and the guest responded, “You know, besides finds beauty in the subaltern and the craft, and the mistakes that often emerge from it.” It’s a discussion about the political aspect because of that, too.

Johny said: What frustrates me a lot of the time, especially if you’re from the UK, is that people will talk about race class, and it was really important for me to class in the US, especially in the UK, sorry, is least as important as race in terms of how your future is decided. And a lot of the people in power are black curators, who come from vast wealth when you look at it. And so I wanted to look at a different kind of tradition. And, you know, I’m going to America again, but my father is from Brooklyn, so I suppose I’ve always been curious. In Europe, I see myself as black, but I suppose I am influenced. Hopefully not in a too reductive way, because I believe we in Yorkshire import certain languages or political ideas from America because sometimes you end up importing issues that aren’t quite your own. But there is certainly joy in the idea of the concrete rolls. You can see this throughout African American art, from particles’ notion of concrete rules to making the rules in Spanish Harlem. So wealthy Franklin’s rules remain in effect. And it is from this perspective that you can appreciate rules as if they were perfectly tended and nurtured in a beautiful rose garden. But you can also appreciate the rolls, but their petals lean into the side a little dusty, but he miraculously emerged from a crack in the sidewalk without anyone asking him to so that for me is a kind of metaphor or an idea for black life, particularly working-class black life in Europe. That brings us back to the notion of the failure’s edge. Looking at these photographs, they’re kind of, they’re really not perfect, but what really insists that they hold there was miraculous.

About FOAM Magazine

Foam Magazine is an international photography magazine. The magazine serves as an exhibition space that embraces every aspect of photography from documentary to fashion, from contemporary to historical, and from world-famous photographers to young talent.

About Johny Pitte

Johny Pitts is a self-taught photographer, writer, and broadcaster from Sheffield, England. A Northern Soul child, he is from of an African American musician father and a white working-class mother who taught English in the Yemeni community (they met at a working men’s club once owned by Peter Stringfellow). Johny struggles daily with an aching, problematic nostalgia for his brief stint living as a child in late 80s bubble-era Japan.

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