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Si Newhouse: Extreme Zoom!

newhouse small.jpgNot too long ago, we told you about Si Newhouse‘s sharp eye for kerning (and horse tack) as revealed in a New York Times profile of the magazine magnate, and while Lacie Argyle‘s graphic of Newhouse was featured prominently on the front page of the Sunday business section, readers may have missed the fact that it was comprised of 1,551 Condé Nast-published magazine covers. Fear not, UnBeige readers, for Argyle (a.k.a. Jennifer Daniel) has provided us a link to the extreme zoom version of her graphic (once it has downloaded, click to enlarge and find your favorite covers).

“In this particular case we didn’t have an opportunity to shoot Si Newhouse, so all I had were a few snapshots of him at parties,” Daniel tells us. “By themselves none were strong enough to make the feature art, so that’s how this was born.” As for tracking down all those cover images, she says that they were pooled from a collection of about 3,000 that she found online. And the collaging? “I used a photo mosaic application that I imagine a lot of people use to make desktop wallpapers or Christmas cards with.” Condé Nast needn’t look any further for its 2008 holiday card image (just don’t forget the festive magnifying glass).

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When in Doubt, Put Them in Jodhpurs and Riding Boots

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It may still be July, but Vanity Fair is already hyping its September style issue, featuring Annie Leibovitz‘s photograph of French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on the cover (pictured above) and a profile by Maureen Orth inside (asked to comment on Bruni, Jean-Paul Gaultier says, “She is like the heroine of a book or a movie”). Bruni’s equestrian-influenced cover wardrobe made us think of another Paris-based VF cover, from October 2005, not to mention Si Newhouse‘s sharp eye for saddlery.

Si Newhouse Has Eye for Kerning

newhouse.jpgIn case you’re boycotting the business section to stave off recession depression, we wanted to relay the glad tidings that led off Richard Pérez-Peña‘s recent New York Times profile of Condé Nast chairman Samuel I. “Si” Newhouse (pictured at right, pixellated by Lacie Argyle into hundreds of tiny magazine covers): the magazine magnate knows his kerning!

When the wizards at Condé Nast Publications recently marched a pre-press issue of Brides magazine through an in-house review, Si Newhouse…wondered aloud whether a few of the letters on the cover were a tad too close together.

As it turned out, they were.

Further endearing us to Newhouse (who is the owner of a pug named Cicero) is the profile’s revealation that he is knowledgeable in matters equine. “I had a picture of a fox hunt, and Si had a question about the saddle we used,” says Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter. Newhouse offered a correction of the caption’s description of the pictured saddle.