THE MANIPULATOR was born in 1984 into a world of analog photography, almost unimaginable today: no cellphones, no internet, no Photoshop, no digital cameras. In those quondam times, it was the cordless phone, the fax machine, the colour-copier and the Apple IIc that defined the technologically-savvy.
THE MANIPULATOR was a champion for photography. The Over-large format had been used on occasions in the past, particularly for picture-heavy publications, but this was the biggest by far (50 cm x 70cm), able to reprint images in gargantuan, poster-like proportions. Its content reflected an obvious bias towards architecture, design, art and photography, but it was also one of the first consumer magazines to start addressing the looming ecological plight facing the world.