I never read. I just look at pictures…

…is something the Picture Desk team and Andy Warhol (sort of) have in common.

As picture editors, we of course have to, and might I add – enjoy to, read the stories that land on our desks. But our thing, just like Warhol, is pictures. And since I’m no wordsmith, I’ll keep this short!

We’re fortunate to work with some fantastic photographers and want to show them off. So here’s a sneak preview of some of next month’s commissions from the London office…

Ben Quinton went to Florence’s Botanical Gardens for Ronda.

Josh Shinner photographed Petitie Meller, Spector, Andreya Triana, Twin Atlantic, Kwabs and Gaz Coombes for easyJet Traveller’s Sounds of Summer feature.

Greg Funnell made the most of the extra hour of daylight in Mexico for Thomas Cook Travel.

And finally, our resident photographer Tim E. White braved the bright lights of Las Vegas and LA for n by Norwegian’s neon cover story.

(Posted by Julia Holmes)

The really big Big Apple

I was waiting to receive a finished piece of work from illustrator Ross Murray last week, and he was unusually slow (for him) in coming back. I now see why. He’s been tied up on a magnificent panoramic NYC mural for the forthcoming issue of Thomas Cook Travel.

The brief, according to editor Mike MacEacheran, was to create the ultimate greatest hits of New York for the first-time visitor. “We asked him to take a cinematic, musical, artistic journey through the Five Boroughs, ticking off as many pop culture icons as possible. Hence the illo takes the reader from Lower Manhattan into Brooklyn and then back into Midtown, before heading up into Harlem and the Bronx. So geographically it all makes perfect sense. We gave him a list of around 60 things we wanted included but he came back with about 100.”

It’s an epic piece of work befitting an epic city. Hats off to art director Dan di Paolo, too.

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And here’s the complete illustration (click to enlarge). (Posted by AndrewH)

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Thomas Cookin’

The latest issue of Thomas Cook Travel has just gone to print and it has some excellent content, secured, I should point out, at great cost to sanity. Art director Dan di Paolo spent most of March becoming ever more manic as swathes of red tape confounded proposed scenario after scenario for photo shoots in Los Angeles, while being rendered ever more dumbfounded by the sheer financial rapaciousness of the city. How hard can it be to get Harry Potter (well, a lookalike) posing in a Hooters bar? The results, though, justify the pain.

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Also great fun, the animal-print shirt spread with non-standard models:

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I omitted to highlight it at the time, but the last issue of Thomas Cook Travel also had some very noteworthy stories. Editor Mike MacEacheran pulled off a triple whammy in securing phone interviews with not only Brandon Flowers of The Killers, but also Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers and Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes. Beat that NME. The very fine illustrations were by San Francisco-based Caitlin Kuhwald, who has done work for Rolling Stone, Penguin Books, GQ, Mother Jones and heaps more.

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And there was another tongue-in-cheek product shoot, in which regular Ink photographer Tim E White persuaded a bunch of Turkish fishermen to model inappropriate eyewear.

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Travelling with Thomas Cook has never seemed so cool. (Posted by AndrewH)

You saw it here first

At the end of last year Thomas Cook Travel did a profile and interview with the Chiappa sisters, stars of Channel 4’s Simply Italian TV show. Art director Julia Murray commissioned photographer Rahel Weiss to do shoot their portraits, and the results were great:

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So good, in fact, the shots turned up here, on the sisters’ website…

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…and here as the cover of the girls’ new cookbook. (Posted by AndrewH)

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Ink London Creative Awards: Best Cover

Here at Ink London we’re hosting our inaugural annual Creative Awards. One of the two categories is “best cover”. We have 15 magazines up for consideration and each team has been asked to select its favourite cover produced for that title over the last 12 months (July 2012 to June 2013). The nominations are below and the results of our internal voting will be posted first week of July.

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APEX, February 2013

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bSpirit, Jan-Feb 2013, relaunch issue

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bthere, August 2012

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easyJet Traveller, December 2012, the knitted cover

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Germanwings, 2013, April-May-June 2013

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Gulf Life, December 2012, the Paris paper-cut hat

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J Magazine, April-May 2013, the ‘you rang m’lord’ issue

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JetAway, July-August 2012, the big lemon issue

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Let’s Go with Ryanair, June 2013, the hot 25 issue

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Metropolitan, April 2013, the sexy lips issue

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N by Norwegian, April 2013, the Scream in a bed issue

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Privatair, Winter 2012, the Six Feet Under issue

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Thomas Cook Travel, summer 2013, the ice lolly issue

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Voyager, August 2012, the Paul Merton issue

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Wizz, April-May 2013, the Warsaw burger issue

Posted by AndrewH

S is for Summer

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Love the ultra summery, Pantone-colour enhanced cover of the new Thomas Cook Travel magazine. There’s a similar sense of breezy fun running throughout inside. There’s a fantastic treatment of an A-Z of holiday ideas for kids, in which designer Julia Murray had illustrator Toby Triumph paint a set of handmade letters of the alphabet with designs that fitted the text.

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E is for Extinction

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J is for Josh Hutcherson

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G is for Geodash

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I is for Ice cream

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O is for Orlando

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P is for Postcard aeroplane

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U is for Underwater museum

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Y is for Yellow nails (the shade of the season, apparently)

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Z is for Zanzibar, where else? (Posted by AndrewH)