Blown Covers

Description

In an era of amped-up political speech and proliferating news outlets magazine covers still have the power to influence public opinion and even change minds. New Yorker covers under the art direction of Francois Mouly since 1993 have broken through the clutter of journalistic cliches using traditional means; hand-drawn illustrations, satire and caricature. In Blown Covers M ouly takes us behind the scenes at The New Yorker and reveals how the magazine creates its signature visual commentary. She describes how the artists, who conceptualise and realise their images on tight deadlines, end up capturing accurately all the benchmark moments of the past two decades. Mouly explains why she encourages artists to send outrageous images never censuring the ideas as too crude, savage, obvious or partisan and shows how these are essential stages in the evolution of a cover that stands the test of time by retaining its edge. Moulys book captures contemporary history, from the farce of Monica Lewinsky, to the adventures of Michelle and Barak, to nuclear meltdown in Japan, in images that are as accurate as they are outrageous. More than that, it shows how the magazine that exem plifies journalistic excellence also dares to cultivate a sense of humour when grappling with complex moral and political issues.

Details

Author(s)
Francoise Mouly
Format
Hardback | 128 pages
Dimensions
227 x 283 x 17mm | 880g
Publication date
01 May 2012
Publisher
Abrams
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
col. Illustrations
ISBN10
1419702092
ISBN13
9781419702099
Bestsellers rank
489,375