This may come as a surprise on an online blog, but I am a huge print journalism fan. With a good old fashioned journalism degree in hand and a sizable collection of magazines in my home, the Print! Tearing It Up exhibition in London, summer 2018, was something of a must see for me.
The Layout of the Day
The exhibit had been described as a look at how independent British magazines have changed the world. Covering many of the issues of the day, such as diversity and media manipulation, the exhibition flies in the face of the believe that print media is a dying art.
Located in the Terrace Rooms of the premises formerly used to host London Fashion Week events, the exhibit was self contained in two rooms. A third room housed a ‘newsstand’ and some magazines to thumb in minimalist surroundings.
A quaint gift shop gives the opportunity to purchase some back issues of magazines in the exhibit including Burnt Roti. The editor in chief of which has an interesting podcast available to listen on the exhibit website, along with several others, including Tony Elliott, the founder and owner of the Time Out Group.
The last time I was inside Somerset House was for London Fashion Week back in September 2013, during my first week at university. Coming from a journalism degree, it was a frequently discussed matter throughout my course; what is the future of print journalism and how is digital going to impact how we consume our media?
Obviously more and more publications are becoming highly digitized, but personally I think there will always be an audience for the humble print magazine. I liken this to how there is still a large audience for hard copy, printed books regardless of the popularity of the Kindle and digital reading devices. There is just something you get from turning pages and holding a physical object, that you don’t get from scrolling and swiping.
The exhibit looks at the detailed history and impact of independent magazines. Featured in the exhibit included, Britain’s oldest, weekly, women’s magazine, founded in 1885, The Lady, popular 1980s cult phenoms The Face, and Blitz and even fashion and style magazines of today such as ‘i-D’, Dazed and Confused and Wonderland.
Tearing It Up was definitely a great exhibition if you have a general interest in print based media, the evolution of magazine publishing or magazines as a platform to discuss cultural and social issues of the time.
I’d definitely recommend checking out Tearing it Up if you are interested in general print media, the evolution of magazine publishing or magazines being used as a platform to discuss cultural and social issues over the years.
Print! Tearing it Up opened at Somerset House on the 8th June 2018 and ran until 22nd August 2018.