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ECHOES OF TIME
歲月情懷

面對網媒洶湧的來勢,很多紙媒只能於狹小的空間裏苟延残喘。然而,《號外》仍以一枝獨秀的姿態,迎來第500期的出版。日前《號外》與香港著名設計師陳幼堅(Alan Chan)聯手合作,在Space 27舉辦「號外500封面展覽」,讓我們用雙眼見證時代的變遷,喚起一眾港人的本土情懷。

1976年9月,陳冠中、鄧小宇和胡君毅共同創辦《號外》,其內容多元化而深入,單是一本雜誌便囊括了時裝、設計、音樂、文化及藝術等範疇。在那個年代,出國留學可謂千載難逢的機會,許多人索性定居海外,不再眷戀香港的生活。不過,陳冠中等人在海外留學後選擇回流到香港立腳,更將外國的文化思潮帶回來。《號外》的雛形,其實是一本仿效紐約《The Village Voice》而創辦的小報《The Tabloid》。但為了能得以繼續出版,最後改為雜誌形式,並一直延續至今。《號外》的英文名稱叫作《City Magazine》,為雜誌本身進行了一個清晰的定位——一本屬於香港的城市雜誌,旨在探討有關這個城市的議題。《號外》的內容從來都不落俗套,編輯們總是按照當時的城市熱話及自己的興趣而寫,故彰顯出一種時代精神。

徐徐步入Space 27,便馬上看見四個《號外》logo並列而排,其中有Alan Chan特意為《號外》設計的新logo,彷彿在告知參觀者:《號外》已進入另一個新紀元。展覽桌上放滿歷年的《號外》,新舊俱全,讓人頓然領悟到紙媒的震撼力。當中有部分雜誌已見泛黃,邊緣亦開始殘破,翻開的時候需要份外小心。《號外》之所以如此經典,箇中很大原因是有許多歷代的天王巨星曾登上雜誌封面,包括梁朝偉、周潤發、張曼玉、張國榮、梅艷芳等等。每位封面人物都被重新塑造,打破傳統沉悶的造型,以嶄新的形象示人。例如周潤發的洗頭照、梁朝偉正在脫衣服的照片,就是希望呈現男性最美的一刻。而《號外》的吸引之處在於它相當「貼地」,致力挖掘香港不同的文化現象及社會議題。就像以「The Age of New Androgyny」為題的一期雜誌中,探討了雙性化的問題,可說是大膽前衛的做法。

是次展覽挑選了十個經典的《號外》封面,並邀請新一代的香港歌手及演員再次演繹。除了向封面人物致敬外,這些新的封面亦具有更深層的意義,比如帶出林子祥、林德信的父子情,以及梅艷芳、何韻詩的師徒之情。同時,《號外》也邀請了55位來自不同界別的創作人,創作出他們心目中理想的雜誌封面。每一個封面設計,均表現了他們對香港的情感和寄望。

時移世易,要活出自己的態度並不容易。《號外》的出現,成為香港的文化符號,默默地向香港人植入「本土化」的意識形態。誠如《號外》的口號「A Hong Kong Heritage That Is Ahead Of Its Time」,它不僅是一本雜誌,更是香港文化的一個重要載體。

撰文:王以珞
美術:王曉澄

With the surge of online media, there is a drastic decline in the number of traditional paper media, and yet the “City Magazine” still stands its ground amidst the current trend. Celebrating the 500th issue of the magazine, the “City Magazine 500 Covers Exhibition”, curated by the famous Hong Kong designer Alan Chan, was held in Space 27 recently. It allows us to evoke the community attachment with our eyes.

In September 1976, John Chan, Peter Dunn and Henry Wu jointly published the “City Magazine”, which contains a variety of contents including fashion, design, music, culture and art. In those days, it was very rare to have a chance to study abroad. Many of the oversea students would prefer staying in foreign countries instead of coming back to Hong Kong. However, John Chan and others chose to return to Hong Kong and bring the cultural zeitgeist of foreign countries back to Hong Kong as well. The embryonic form of the “City Magazine” was a newspaper with a compact page size called “The Tabloid”, in resemblance to “The Village Voice” in New York. Later, it changed to magazine format so as to ensure its continued publication. The name of the magazine, “City Magazine”, has revealed the position of it—a magazine belong to Hong Kong, and it aims at investigating the social issues about this city. The style and contents of “City Magazine” is unconventional, since the editors write according to the city’s hot topics and their own interests, embodying the essence of a particular time.

Slowly stepping into the Space 27, the first thing that leapt to my eye were the four logos of “City Magazine”, as if they were telling us that “the magazine has entered a new generation”. Among the logos, there was a logo which was newly designed by Alan Chan to celebrate the publication of the 500th issue. The magazines published over the years were displayed on the exhibition tables. Some of them were too old that they turned yellow and started to be dilapidated. Therefore, one had to be very careful when flipping the pages. What makes the “City Magazine” so classic is the fact that many celebrated superstars have been on its covers, including Tony Leung, Chow Yun Fat, Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui. The cover pictures successfully broke out of convention since all the people who appeared on the covers were like being transformed into the other people. For instance, the photo of Chow Yun Fat washing his hair, as well as the photo of Tony Leung removing his T-shirt, attempted to show the most beautiful moment of men. And the most attractive thing about the “City Magazine” is that it is very down-to-earth, which strives to discover different cultural phenomena and social issues in Hong Kong. Just like one of the issues titled “The Age of New Androgyny”, it investigated the rise in androgyny in mainstream culture.

Ten classic covers of the “City Magazine” were selected in this exhibition and some Hong Kong singers, actors and actresses were invited to mimic the postures in those cover photos. Apart from paying tribute to the superstars, the new versions of covers also carry deeper meanings, such as the father-son relationship of George Lam and Alex Lam, and the master-disciple relationship of Anita Mui and Denise Ho. In addition, the “City Magazine” invited 55 creative artists from different fields to create a new cover for the magazine. All of the covers manifest the artists’ love and expectations for Hong Kong.

In this ever-changing world, it is not easy to live with an attitude. “City Magazine” is Hong Kong’s cultural symbol, which implants the ideology of “localization” into the mind of Hongkongers. As stated in the slogan “A Hong Kong Heritage That Is Ahead Of Its Time”, the “City Magazine” is not merely a magazine, but an important carrier of Hong Kong culture.

Text: Elok Wong
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #195

ECHOES OF TIME

 

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