It’s been a while that I blogged but last weekend this exhibition inspired me to start blogging again. I have a background in visual culture and photography and I always like to see this combined with journalism and communicating news. The New York Times Magazine is an expert at this. For the last thirty years, the magazine brought us all their stories and items supported by amazing photographs. This exhibition in Foam-Amsterdam gave us, who don’t have daily access to the magazine, a good view of some of the highlights in photojournalism.
The exhibition is co-curated by Kathy Ryan, longtime Photo Editor of the Magazine, and Lesley A. Martin, Publisher of Aperture Books. The Aperture-produced exhibition is comprised of eleven individual modules, each of which focuses on a notable project or series of projects that have been presented in the pages of the Magazine.
In the exhibition multiple sides of the New York Times Magazine are presented, from reportages, portraits to fine art photography. Not only the photographs were shown but the process from concept, process-shot lists, work prints, contact sheets, videos, tear sheets to eventually the final project in the magazine; a perfect illustration of how the article starts from one idea and how decisions are made to create the perfect images who underline the content best. This process was even more interesting than the pictures itself. It was fascinating to try to understand why choices were made and that sometimes the most beautiful and powerful images didn’t get the cut because they were not supporting the article.
A great exhibition if you like beautiful images and even better if you like to know more about the process of finishing the best articles with the right photographs.