I am a massive fan of Intern Magazine, the brilliant bi-annual print publication for and by the creative youth which is now sold around the world. Through a mixture of interviews, essays, photography, illustration and creative writing, the magazine showcases emergent creative talent from around the world and discusses the current intern culture. Intern deals in a broad range of perspectives, inviting established industry names to join the debate alongside young creatives. The likes of Jessica Walsh, Adrian Shaughnessy, Mike Perry, Jean Jullien and James Victore have contributed to past issues. Eike Konig, Olivia Bee and Ryan Gander feature in the third issue, due to be released in May.
So I absolutely couldn't be happier that Alec Dudson, the lovely founder and editor in chief of Intern, has agreed to collaborate with us and create a monthly showcase here on the site. Intern will feature some great up and coming artists starting out their careers in the visual art world. Below Alec takes us through Intern's first recommend, the lovely work of Paul Phung.
At Intern, we take immense pride in publishing the work of exciting young artists, illustrators, writers and photographers. Committing their output to print (and paying them for it) often does wonders for their experience, confidence and profile. For us, the most rewarding thing is to hear from our contributors that being in the magazine has been a positive and rewarding experience.
In the first post of our monthly column here at They Made This it seemed most appropriate to introduce you to the photographer whose work graced our Issue One (and pre-launch Issue Zero) cover. Paul Phung's work set the standard for the publication early on with his dark pared-back style and cinematic compositions oozing quality way beyond his tender years. Often shooting in black and white, his eye for structure and form flow effortlessly from setting to subject. From fashion to portraiture, Paul consistently conjures striking images that demand your attention and satisfy any inbuilt proclivity for order and aesthetic.
Having graced the cover of our first issue, we were delighted to hear that it been that exposure that alerted the likes of i-D and Dazed to his immense talent. While we believe that great work always finds a way and certainly wouldn't want to take any credit for Paul's continuing success, it's been a real honour to be part of his journey so far. There is little doubt in our minds that he is going to continue evolving as an artist and will be a key player in the years to come.
Here are just a few of our favourite images, some that we have published, others are far more recent additions to his portfolio. Do yourself a favour and get lost in Paul's expertly constructed world for a little while, it's an incredibly satisfying place to be.