Phox Pop magazine Issue 1 is 90 (advertising-free) pages of stories about thinkers, seekers, makers and doers we admire. Their work has been chosen with a nod to the past, filtered through a contemporary lens.
Inside, readers will:
- Take a journey through the history of a “heathenish liquor” that brought inspiration to 17th Century London, and the forgotten feminine origins of beer.
- Celebrate the enduring legacy of an instant icon, and hear a typographic tale of love, hate, hide and seek.
- Examine what we know about our compulsion to collect, and how nostalgia can fuel creativity.
- Meet a modern craftsman of ancient inspiration, and learn about the project rescuing orphaned images from undeveloped obscurity.
- Plus there’s some etymology, art installations, urban exploration, and taxidermy in there, too.
This is a tale of two halves. It begins around the turn of the 20th century, with the establishment of a new private printing press near the banks of the Thames, and comes to a dramatic close in the winter of 1916, under cover of darkness, on Hammersmith...read more
Edwin Herbert Land was a visionary scientist and inventor who 70 years ago changed the picture-taking habits of people around the world, the result of which is still felt today. Land pioneered a technique that produced fully-developed photos at the touch...read more
The general knowledge of women’s role in the invention of beer, and the establishment of the industry around it, has largely been lost to the hands of time, and…. witch-hunters? “Some 10 years ago, on a warm autumn afternoon, I saw a witch and had an...read more
Some say it’s macabre, others that it’s a second chance at life. Whatever your views on taxidermy, it is a practice that is inextricably linked with natural history collections and museums, and a craft which is enjoying a new lease of life. The practice of taxidermy...read more
Britain is in love with a little brown bean called coffee. And it's an affair that dates back more than 350 years to the edge of a churchyard in St Michael's Alley, off Cornhill, in east central London. It was off Cornhill, in 1652, that Pasqua Rosee, servant to a...read more
Libraries can expand your mind in more ways than one. A leading London mycologist has claimed that old books, particularly those stored in less than perfect conditions, can provide inspiration without the need to read even a single word; just take a deep breath. In...read more
The natural world is full of gods, goddesses and other mythological creatures, in name, if not spirit. For nomenclature convention draws heavily on the Greek and Roman classics when labelling new species and other scientific phenomena. One particularly pleasing term –...read more
In the 1820s, the tallest building in London was St Paul's Cathedral, at 111 metres high. But architect Thomas Willson had grander plans. In 1829 he proposed to build a massive granite pyramid on Primrose Hill. It would rise 290 metres and cover a site of 18.5 acres...read more
On my right wrist I’ve got a tattoo of music notation. It’s a piece from the 1965 Bob Dylan song ‘Maggie’s Farm’ (which I first heard on Rage Against The Machine’s 2000 covers album, ‘Renegades’). The lyric it corresponds to is: “I’ve got a head full of ideas that are...read more