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Funny Games: June issue out now

  • June's covers for print and iPad, featuring Patty Carroll (left) and Jason Bell (right)

    June's covers for print and iPad, featuring Patty Carroll (left) and Jason Bell (right)

  • Raphaela Rosella's series about teenage pregnancy appears in June's Projects section, featuring the best new works in series

    Raphaela Rosella's series about teenage pregnancy appears in June's Projects section, featuring the best new works in series

  • Polly Penrose puts herself in the frame in her images taken over a seven-year period

    Polly Penrose puts herself in the frame in her images taken over a seven-year period

  • Patty Carroll drapes her female subjects in fabric to explore the role of women and the home

    Patty Carroll drapes her female subjects in fabric to explore the role of women and the home

  • Through his images taken at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Will Steacy touches on the wider decline in journalism

    Through his images taken at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Will Steacy touches on the wider decline in journalism

  • Christopher Pillitz spent 16 years photographing the beautiful game in Brazil, capturing the spirit of a nation

    Christopher Pillitz spent 16 years photographing the beautiful game in Brazil, capturing the spirit of a nation

  • Jason Bell takes some time in his busy schedule to talk about his journey from university newspaper photographer to go-to portraitist of the stars

    Jason Bell takes some time in his busy schedule to talk about his journey from university newspaper photographer to go-to portraitist of the stars

  • After a tough few years losing some of its members and staff, VII Photo agency enters a new era

    After a tough few years losing some of its members and staff, VII Photo agency enters a new era

  • In Technology, Martin Evening checks out the Hasselblad H5D-50c

    In Technology, Martin Evening checks out the Hasselblad H5D-50c

It's play time! We pick up on photography's new spirit of experiment and adventure

Featuring Patty Carroll’s striking mustard-coloured ‘draped portrait’ on the cover of the print magazine, and Jason Bell’s shot of Angelina Jolie on our iPad edition, our latest issue broadly covers the theme of play.

Headlined ‘Funny Games’, our June issue (#7825) picks up on a broader trend we’ve been noticing these past three or four years — experimentation is back. Play is seen as a means to an end once again, and if you’re willing, there’s a new manual by which to try something new. Titled The Photographer’s Playbook, it features more than 300 assignments and anecdotes designed to inspire new approaches and break free from the creative doldrums.

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Larry Fink gets inside composition in a new title from Aperture, while Gregory Halpern encourages photographers to take a more playful approach to their work in The Photographer’s Playbook

Run alongside exclusive extracts from the likes of Erik Kessels, Roger Ballen, Alec Soth and Broomberg & Chanarin, we interview co-editor Gregory Halpern about the genesis of the book. And in the same feature we speak to legendary photographer and educator Larry Fink, who has published his own book (also by Aperture) on composition and improvisation.

Patty Carroll’s anonymous covered women follow, after Polly Penrose’s nude self-portraits, and before Christopher Pillitz’ take on Brazil’s obsession with the Beautiful Game ahead of this month’s World Cup. Chen Wei provides a different angle on abstraction with his staged images recreating the absurdities of modern life in China.

 

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In Slumber Song, Chinese photographer Chen Wei explores his home country’s struggle with its past as it faces an uncertain future

Off theme we also have an interview with Will Steacy about his five-year study of the declining newspaper industry, told through the story of an eminent US regional and the fate of one of its editors, who also happens to be the photographer’s father. And remaining Stateside, we talk to Jason Bell about his work there, shooting Hollywood’s A-list while fitting in the odd royal assignment back home in between.

Plus we have the usual mix of things to watch out for in this month’s Agenda section, our pick of some of the best new photographic series in Projects, a photojournalism themed Intelligence section, and reviews of kit from Hasselblad, Nikon and Tamron in Technology.

The June print issue is available in all good newsagents throughout the UK from today (visit here for details of overseas sales), while the digital edition can be downloaded to an iPad anywhere in the world via iTunes Newsstand.

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