As Far As I Can Tell

Colors’ Photos

It is imperative that you check out Photo Studio, the new online issue of Colors Magazine. It’s a peak into nine photo studios throughout the world, from Chicago to Lebanon, low art to high.

The website is based on a horizontal scrolling navigation, which rarely works to optimal effect but seems appropriate here. It contains subtle colors and lovely illustrations from Tomson Jennings (Cheddelton). Angela Lidderdale (New York) did the design, as she has with some other Colors issues. Creative direction on the site was added by Andey Cameron (London) and it was built by Enrique Grullon (Los Angeles).

I mention all that info not just as link filler for this entry, but to point how successful Colors is with their strive for internationalism. Each issues not only attempts to showcase how one idea or theme plays out throughout the world, but employs a world wide staff to make it happen. It’s also nice that such disparate people can pull together to create a single thing.

John's Tattoo John Wagner loves Pacman



john wagner is fucking rad. rock on.

Posted by: mark on October 30, 2003 12:59 PM

I saw that issue of colors. My first reaction was that it was a bit condescending towards other cultures. Now that would be the complete opposite of everything Colors has ever done. Maybe I am judging too quickly and too harshly. I would like to know what their process of choosing studios was. I want to know, editorially, how images were chosen. It almost seems that this team of designers/illustrators/creatives went for the kitchiness of photo studios and then decided to write a positive and somewhat pretentious intro citing things like the history of portraiture, and finishing up with a line like, “An elemental human need, given due respect for a reasonable price.” If the point is silliness, kitchiness, or investigation of “low art” well then tell me thats what its about. I thought the design and intro by Mr. George was a bit highbrow for the images that were chosen. In a positive response to this issue of Colors, the design is very well done and the topic of investigation is interesting. Colors does a wonderful job of linking cultural likenesses in a global sense, they do this continually, and for this reason I should have a subscription. But, seriously can we have Tibor back?

Posted by: ivo on October 30, 2003 2:39 PM

thanks for nice coments about illustrations, angela is also smiling. tibor cant come back as he is dead, sorry

Posted by: tomson on November 3, 2003 9:47 AM

I realize Tibor cannot come back. It was insensitive of me to make a comment like that. I apologize. I assure you I meant no disrespect. I think Mr. Kalman and Colors magazine have made an extremely important impact in history and within the design profession. I feel awful that my comment may have been taken wrongly.

Posted by: ivo on November 3, 2003 12:04 PM

did john wagner get pacman tatoos?

Posted by: miguel on November 5, 2003 11:47 AM

As far as who can tell?

Chicago, IL

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