I think Cosmin Bumbuț first talked to me about this project—an art photography magazine—long ago, but then, during our February and March meetings this year he seem determined to really pull it off.
But that wasn't the first chapter of the project though, because Punctum1 started as an internet forum five years ago. After the forum's demise, from November 2006 until July 2007 Punctum resurfaced as an on-line magazine. It was discontinued after 3 issues.
Now Punctum starts again—in a new league this time—as a printed trimestrial magazine with an initial print run of 2000. Its focus will be on photography as an art, featuring photography work and artist portfolios while avoiding the technical and hardware sides. A significant detail: the magazine's policy specifies that all contributions will be paid.
With editor Cosmin Bumbuţ bringing aboard collaborators like Alex Gâlmeanu, Voicu Bojan, Gicu Şerban and Elena Stancu, the magazine has enough endorsement to hit the ground running. Young publishing designer Raymond Bobar takes care of Punctum's layout.
In the first issue: photographers Hajdu Tamás, Alexandru Tomescu, Ikuru Kuwajima, Brooks Jensen and an article on Carol Szathmari by Alex Gâlmeanu.
In stores from November 30. Godspeed!
1 In his 1980 book Camera Lucida, the French literary critic Roland Barthes develops the twin concepts of studium and punctum: studium denoting the cultural, linguistic, and political interpretation of a photograph, punctum denoting the wounding, personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within it. —From Camera Lucida entry on Wikipedia.