I continue to study (and to learn from) all kinds of magazines that use nude women as part of their editorial content. Many “fashion” magazines use nude women as part of their editorial content. The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is no fashion magazine. And it’s not a “men’s” magazine, certainly not in the traditional sense. I like to think of The Gazette as a “girlie” magazine. It has lots of nude women in it. So, I find it very interesting when fashion magazines, some high end and some not so high end, use nude women, too.
One of these “fashion” magazines is Purple Diary. Wikipedia describes how Purple Diary came about:
In 1992, Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm started the magazine Purple Prose as a reaction against the superficial glamour of the 1980’s; much as a part of the global counterculture at the time, inspired by magazines like Interview, Ray Gun, Nova, and Helmut Newton’s Illustrated, but with the aesthetics of what usually is referred to as anti-fashion. Based on their personal interests and views; Purple was, and in a sense still is, made much in the same spirit of the fanzine. The magazine quickly became associated with the “realism” of the new fashion photography of the 1990s, with names like Juergen Teller, Terry Richardson, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Mario Sorrenti.
In the introduction of the Purple Anthology, Zahm writes:
|“||[…] We launched Purple Prose in the early 1990s without any means, and without any experience, because we wanted to make a magazine that was radically different. We wanted to support the artists around us that none else supported, much less talked about. [..] It would be a form of opposition of our own, different from the critical jargon of the generation of ’68. [..] From a visual standpoint, we represented the break from ’80s imagery (like Richard Avedon’s photography for Versace, for example). From an artistic standpoint, the artists of the early ’90s were rising up against art as capital fetish [..]. In saying that Purple is the portrait of a generation, I mean it’s a portrait of those who embody their times. At the same time, it’s a portrait of myself and Elein Fleiss, our ideas, our lives, and our aesthetics.||”|
And Purple Diary was born. Interesting…
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, a magazine of commentaries, culture, film and television reviews, sexy stories and topless women.
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