we try to respond to everyone’s
Another type of story we’ll do is
to show a collection of someone’s
work, like Cheryl Dunn’s work from
the 1980s on boxing. Those will often
run with a long interview [with the
photographer]. Chris [Isenberg]
knows Jerome Liebling’s daughter
and we featured the amazing story he
shot about Russian men in Miami in
the 1970s playing handball.
We also have stories that we’re
passionate about, that we assign
because we don’t want to miss out.
We usually assign a story producer
to [a story] to work out logistics,
and then we hire from a circle of
photographers who are available.
For example, Chris [Isenberg]
had a chance to cover a football
match between two long-time
rivals [Liverpool and Everton]. The
Premier League took a long time
to get us credentials but at the last
minute we got the green light. We
pulled in Nils Ericson, whom we’ve
worked with before. He happened
to be in Paris assisting someone else
and took a quick trip to England to be
with Chris, and ended up getting the
cover of the issue, which is cool.
PDN: So you do cover ordinary
sporting events, though you publish
twice a year?
AA: One of the things we’re doing
is shooting an event differently. I’ve
done a lot of work with photographer
Anthony Blasko, who has shot
for Victory Journal and for Nike.
We went to Art Center College of
Design together, we’re friends, and
he was one of the first shooters for
us. He’d never shot sports before he
started shooting for Victory Journal.
He and I have built an emotional,
cinematic approach to following the
key characters, deconstructing each
event, and distilling what matters in
the story. It’s almost like making a
We got courtside seats for the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
between Jon Jones and Alexander
Gustafsson, and Anthony Blasko and I
went. He captured an amazing series.
It was very bloody, but I thought it
was also really beautiful.
Alessandro Sometti photographed
TOP: Chadwick Tyler, a fashion photographer and frequent contributor to Victory Journal, photographed models fly
fishing. ABOVE: The first spread of a story about Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson’s UFC bout on September 13,
2013, photographed by Anthony Blasko.
AARON AMARO: “The print publication is an object, and we try
to design it to be a beautiful object. I like to see big images with
captions. I like a grid, and I like all the ads in the back.”