This mega size print journal of sports and culture, published twice a year, is a real visual treat. The magazine is published by Brooklyn based design studio Doubleday and Cartwright and rightly claims thus “Unmoved by statistical analysis and provincial opinionating, Victory is concerned with the eternal glories and ignominies of players and pursuits the world over. Calling on an elite roster of like-minded contributors, Victory provides a forum for work that is unapologetically enthusiastic and uncompromisingly personal”.
For the tenth issue, the journal dawns a new look, from a light weight tabloid form to over 150 pages of perfectly bound journal even as the journal continues to retain its large gripping size. The new issue ‘Arts and Letters’ also ventures into seeking what happens when sport and art intersect. Looking at people, places and things that offered an offbeat angle to the art of athleticism, Victory Journal comes up with spectacular results.
Publisher| Stephen Benedek
Creative Directors| Aaron Amaro, Christopher Isenberg, Kimon Meyer
Editor| Christopher Isenberg
Art Director| Aaron Amaro
With decadent large spread photographs and stories of ‘Arts and Letters’ (theme of the issue) that in many ways come together to bring alive the sports as we know them today, Victory strikes a chord. On the cover is the iconic “Youppi”, who is the official mascot for the Montreal Canadiens, and former longtime mascot of Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals) at the Canadian Olympic stadium.
From “The Loser,” Gay Talese’s studied portrait of a boxer in decline, the fascinating story of BONNIE ERICKSON, street photographer CHERYL DUNN’S photos of the decadent, rowdy TRIPLE CROWN crowds juxtaposed against the larger-than-life baseball art of RAYMOND PETTIBON, or Bronx-based sculptor JOHN AHEARN’S surreal “lifecasts”. With all of this and more, the journal comprises enthralling reportage and features focusing on artists and sportsmen alike, who are helping in no small measure to bridge the gap between the two worlds.
As the team explains, “Victory Journal 10 turns the concept of sport on its head, presenting a familiar world in unexpected ways”. We couldn’t resist introducing this ingenious attempt by the team as one of our very first issues of the new year.