While browsing the magazines in the Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh, boom saloon immediately caught my eye and I had to buy it. An independent magazine set up by Edinburgh based Rachel Arthur and her colleague Jamie is full of great creative content, excellent editorials and beautiful layout. Think 'Cereal Magazine' with quality matt and gloss pages.
I must confess in addition to this it also contained great photography from three of our Edinburgh College Alumni, Tibor Galamb, Jaz Jagdeo and Mike Pickles.
The magazine was initially funded through a Kickstarter campaign and has already published issue 002. Great to see independent print magazines published, why not support their cause.
"boom saloon is a printed magazine showcasing the importance of the arts and creative industries in a movement to utilise them for good. We explore the place such endeavours hold within our society and how they interplay with the likes of culture, psychology, economics and politics. Central to our cause is the belief that creativity is integral to society’s advancement, and we will work with an international collective of artists to champion independent thinking, pioneering creativity and defining editorial".
"Our end goal is to democratise creativity for good, showcasing talent from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and removing the barriers of status and experience from such disciplines. All profits from the publication and and studio work will be put towards running social projects in underprivileged areas, using creativity to empower and inspire those who may not have the support to do so themselves. We want to prove the power of the printed page, utilising it to disrupt current culture and highlight creativity’s pivotal role in the world we inhabit".
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'Table Games' Photography Tibor Galamb.
Tibor graduated from the BA Professional Photography course in 2013 and is currently based in Vilnius, Lithuania. His clients include Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Reebok, Billbong amongst the many international brands. Visit Tibor Galamb to view more work.
'Printing Utopia' Photography by Mike Pickles.
Mike graduated from the BA professional Photography course in 2013. Straight after graduation he moved to Hong Kong where he runs a successful photographic business with a long list of international clients. Visit Mike Pickles to view more of his work.
'Transcendental State' Photography by Jaz Jagdeo
Jaz graduated from the BA Professional Photography course in 2014 and currently works between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh shooting fashion editorials for various clients. Visit Jaz Jagdeo to see more of his work.