Ice, ice, baby

The latest issue of Germanwings contains an interesting story from Iceland on Europe’s longest man-made ice tunnel. It is burrowed 550 metres deep into the Langjökull glacier and ends in an eerily lit cave that doubles as a chapel for weddings and bar mitzvahs. It opened to visitors for the first time this summer. Credit to editor Kerstin Zumstein for digging out the story and to regular Ink photographer Tim White for the photography.

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This is incidentally the last issue of Germanwings in its current form, as Germanwings the airline merges with Eurowings; going forward the new magazine will just be called GermanEuro Wings. (Posted by AndrewH)

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.

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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)

Do it better (and other sound advice)

October’s easyJet Traveller is a ‘bright ideas’ issue. The cover story features words of wisdom from seven entrepreneurs, innovators and idea generators. They all talk great sense; the portfolio of smart portraits is by photographer Tim E White. (Posted by AndrewH)

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