Editor Katheen Morgan worked closely with the team at the Society and its army of trustees to create a new look with its own identity, both visually and in the journalism that it features. By changing the frequency of the RPS Journal from monthly to bi-monthly, increasing the page count and adopting a new size we built a magazine that feels fresh and vibrant.
In the July/August issue we secured an exclusive career-spanning interview with David Bailey using the extended page count to display the photographer’s iconic images – from Michael Caine resplendent in his trademark 60s glasses to a cheekily smiling Her Majesty The Queen. This issue also includes a feature on a historic image with very contemporary resonances, Dorothea Lange’s celebrated Depression-era photograph ‘Migrant Mother’, plus features on science imaging and cutting-edge images from recent graduates.
New design rules were introduced that elevate the images: photographs are presented cleanly with more white space to give them impact and a ‘gallery’ environment. Designer John Pender instigated the rule that the photography will not be cropped or obscured in any way to keep the original intention of the photographer intact and to give the images more impact.