FashionPhotographyBlog.com had the privilege to speak to Eszter Boldov, the editor-in-chief of Philosophy Magazine. Philosophy is a new experimental online magazine based in Budapest that was developed to provide a platform for talented young artists such as photographers, fashion professionals, models and writers. When she showed me her latest edition of the biannual online magazine, No3, I knew I had to ask her about her work with the publication.
Launched in 2013, Eszter Boldov developed the this fresh medium from the idea of providing a platform for talented young Hungarian artists like photographers, fashion professionals, models and writers to have the opportunity to introduce their works in a free fashion magazine. Philosophy’s mission is to provide the missing gap, that was not available at the time, for talents, both professionals and emerging, as well as increasing the awareness of Hungarian fashion and art and to create pathways to reach international audiences. So how does Philosophy Magazine stands out? Eszter answered by saying that “In Hungary, it is definitely unique I think. Philosophy was the first online magazine there. We are distributing Hungarian fashion and art to abroad, not many magazines do that.”
When asked the editor on how she sees Philosophy in comparison to the other magazines in the marketplace, both digital and print, she replied that “What our readers like about it the most are the sophisticated design and the quality of our content. I actually think that a publication should always have interesting writings, even if it’s a fashion magazine that puts emphasis on pictures. The half of our content is text which we actually really care about. If you have the patience you can read very deep interviews and reviews besides the inspiring photographs. For our foreign readers the inspiration from Hungarian fashion and design can be something interesting, the upcoming talents of Hungary can bring a bit of fresh air.”
So how did the idea for creating Philosophy come about? It seemed to be a natural progress that came out of a need as Eszter explained, “Well, I started my career in fashion as a model, so in the past 3 years I had plenty of opportunities to make connections and friends in this world. I started my own fashion blog 2 years ago which gave me a lot of experience and confidence that I could be successful in this field. The directors of my agency (VM Model in Budapest) came up with an idea of making a fashion magazine in Hungary because they’ve seen that I’ve been quite passionate about writing and editing. So we made the first issue a year ago with Hungarian contributors, who were mostly friends. Since then we published two issues and we are preparing the next one for this October.”
Now with the release of the third edition and now working on the forth, you wonder where does the inspiration come from for creating the themes for each of Philosophy’s issues. The editor stated that it comes from team collaboration, “We always have a brainstorming meeting when we start the editing of each issue. We listen to the ideas of the photographers, writers and other creatives and if we find something common in all the conceptions than we can work on it and come up with a solution that is suitable for all of them.” Ezster believes that the secret to her success with the magazine is having a good team and not being afraid to communicate ideas. The magazine now uses Calameo, which is a free publishing system and makes the editions available for everyone online.
You can find all information about Philosophy Magazine on the website where the issues are also available: www.philosophy-magazine.com, you can also visit:
A big thank you to the team at Philosophy Magazine for allowing images from the magazine to be featured here on FashionPhotographyBlog.com – We want to acknowledge the contributors and other editors whose work are essential for putting the issues together, these include:
Featured photographer: Bojana Tatarska
Featured model: Alisa Ahmann
Picture editor: Roland Rab (who is also a photographer)
Art editor: Anna Kudron
Casting director: Balint Petho.