MagLove: The best magazine covers this week (30 September 2016)
MediaSlut (@MediaSlut)’s choice of the best international and South African magazine covers this week:
- Pick n Pay Fresh Living (100th issue)
- New York
- The Guardian Weekend
Pick n Pay Fresh Living, October 2016: 100th issue
For the past several months, PnP customers have been receiving Fresh Living magazine free when swiping their Smart Shopper cards. This month, the title is celebrating its 100th issue and, with such a beautiful celebratory cover, I’m sure every shopper would want to grab their free copy ASAP (it’s valued at R25, but it should be valued at much more…)!
Happy birthday, Fresh Living! I’ve been a fan since the very first issue, and I wish you much, much more than another 100 issues…
MyKitchen, Issue 25, 2016
Sticking with great food magazines, and beautiful food covers, is MyKitchen magazine, which is produced for The Foschini Group clients. The covers produced are consistently of international standard, and I can’t wait to see where it will pops up on my Top 10 Food Covers list at the end of 2016!
New York, 19 September 2016
Andrew Sullivan is urging readers to “put down your phone”, as the “endless bombardment of news and gossip and images rendered us manic information addicts” broke him; he’s warning us that the same might happen to us. To convey this very topical issue, New York brilliantly took the “Young Woman Sewing in the Garden” artwork by Mary Cassatt (1880), and photoshopped it to illustrate this issue. The article is a great read, or you can just head over to see what’s been done with some other paintings…
Stern, 29 September 2016
Restrain him! Stern magazine, from Hamburg in Germany, is clearly (also) worried about the potential impact if Trump were to become president of the US. It’s asking the question “What will happen… If Trump is President?” It answers this by warning Germany that his “nuclear weapons, trade wars and megalomania*” is extremely dangerous for the country. Restrain him!
*“Megalomania: Obsession with the exercise of power, especially in the domination of others. The delusion of one’s own power or importance (typically as a symptom of manic or paranoid disorder).” — Oxford Living Dictionaries.
The Guardian Weekend, 24 September 2016
During this week, you might have seen two pictures that went viral: a 20-year-old picture with a dad holding his six-month-old daughter, and then a replicated picture of father and daughter, 20 years later. The shock effect is that the dad is holding a gun aimed at the vicinity of his daughters’ head (finger off the trigger). This was Mike Prindiville, and his daughter Kaitlyn (now 21), and they were photographed by Zed Nelson. “Two decades ago [he] travelled across America for his acclaimed project, Gun Nation. This year, he went back: what’s changed?” It’s a riveting read, and the pictures are haunting. If you’re following the debate regarding “gun control” in the US, ensure you add this article to your reading list…
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