Foam Magazine is an international photography magazine published three times a year around a specific theme. Each 288-page issue contains multiple portfolios printed on carefully considered different kinds of paper.
Foam stands for talent. We scout, follow and present young, talented photographers in order to discover and stimulate exceptional quality. Our goal is to devote timely, focused attention to new relevant developments in photography.
This fall, Foam kicks off the Foam Talent exhibition series with a show in Amsterdam comprising works of the 20 international artists selected through its annual open call.
This year – for the first time – the Foam Talent exhibition and Foam Magazine's Talent Issue will be launched at the museum in Amsterdam before travelling internationally. Comprising an exciting range of works drawn from the pages of the magazine, the exhibition opens on 31 August at Foam.
The 11thTalent Call was the largest to date, with an impressive 1.790 submissions from 75 different countries. The open call serves as an intriguing barometer of the state of contemporary photography. The works reveal a series of growing trends and tendencies. At a time of global uncertainty, it is fitting that many of the featured artists express varied socio-political concerns. Questions of identity and representation, particularly at the group level, also appear to have remained important themes for a new generation of photographic talent. As well as portfolios with a powerful aesthetic signature, a striking number of long term projects are included, each one having acquired new layers and greater depth of meaning through time. Equally striking is that today’s emerging photographers are clearly embracing a wide range of media in their practice, and are rarely confined to the camera alone.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS Sushant Chhabria (India), David De Beyter (France), Mark Dorf (USA), Alinka Echeverría (Mexico/UK), Weronika Gęsicka (Poland), Wang Juyan (China), Thomas Kuijpers (The Netherlands), Quentin Lacombe (France), Clément Lambelet (Switzerland), Namsa Leuba (Switzerland/Guinea), Erik Madigan Heck (USA), Alix Marie (France), Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti (Italy), Wang Nan (China), Kai Oh (South Korea), Viacheslav Poliakov (Ukraine), Ben Schonberger (USA), Sadegh Souri (Iran), Harit Srikhao (Thailand) and Vasantha Yogananthan (France).
The annual Foam Magazine Talent Issue and the related Talent Programme are supported by the Niemeijer Fund. Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV, supplier of excellent paper.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, the City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.
FOAM TALENT EXHIBITION In recent years the Foam Talent exhibition, based on the annual Talent Issue, has travelled internationally to cities such as Paris, Brussels, New York and London. The Foam Talent exhibition serves as an international platform for 20 innovative young image-makers, whilst offering Foam the opportunity to present its views on the current state of photography.