In Episode 16 of the podcast we talked about the wonderful print medium known as the zine, and while nailing down exactly what defines “a zine” is a point of contention amongst the team, sharing some links to the eight zines we talked about in the episode is certainly simple enough. Click past the break for information on each of the featured zines – including (if available) information on where to purchase them.
First up is Without Reason by Matt Day of the Down River Collective. This is the first zine Matt has produced, and it was done so in the standard zine tradition of using a photocopier. As Nate mentioned, Without Reason is unique in a number of ways – the most significant of which being the wide range of tones that are displayed on the paper, which is something that is often lost when transferring images over to the Xerox. Sadly, Without Reason was limited to 25 copies and is now sold out. Nonetheless, you can find the link to where these were available for sale here:
Next is a zine that Tony picked up which is known only as Varial. Containing work by a range of skateboard photographers in and around the Nottingham area, the first issue was provided for free at the desk of the local indoor skatepark. It’s a well-produced glossy rag, and like every compilation of people’s work, there’s some great shots in here and some hideously over-photoshopped abominations. Still, if skateboard photography is your thing, pick up a copy. It’s not quite got the same charm as the classic 80s “Xeroxed” skatepunk zines, but at least you can make out what’s happening in the photos.
Nate’s next contribution is a zine from his local area: Incandescent: a color film zine. Containing photographs curated from hundreds of submissions, Incandescent contains some of the most high-quality printing you’re ever likely to see from a zine, and while Nate and Tony argued over the semantics of what actually constitutes a zine, Incandescent is still hand made and printed in a low-budget manner. Despite this, the people behind it have managed to create something very high-end, which is why it’s the most expensive of these zines at a whopping $15. (Somewhere in central England, a voice can still be heard shouting “fifteen bloody dollars? For a ZINE?”) Once you get past the price, you’ll find that the printing process provides a very unique texture and depth to the color images, and it’s probably worth picking up at least one copy to check it out. To buy copies of issues 2-4 (issue 1 has since sold out), check out their website below:
Simon’s first contribution was from Dan Domme (our very first guest on the Pdexposures Podcast, way back on episode six), and it’s called Quality Jones. Of all the zines we discussed in this episode, this would probably be considered the most traditionally “ziney”. You know what we mean: Xeroxed on standard copier paper, high contrast, hand made, and cheap, it is the pure essence of getting your work out there for no reason other than to share it. Dan’s humor and acceptance of Quality Jones‘s aesthetic is seen throughout issue one, with Simon’s highlight being Dan’s misspelling of his own Twitter handle – which was then corrected by pen. While issue one is sold out, issue two (entitled Rum Soaked) is for sale soon through Dan’s Etsy page:
We don’t mind people on shoulders…
As Tony mentioned on the podcast, he stumbled upon this zine in the Corn Exchange in Leeds and knew he had to pick it up. It’s not because he was a fan of the photography – although it is pure TumblrBait – but because the subject and style were perfect for this episode. Covering a New Year’s event at a working men’s club in Brierfield, it’s printed onto something akin to thin construction paper and comes in at a bargain-priced £3, which is exactly how a zine should be in Tony’s world.
American Analog is the work of Dr. Popular (Doc Pop for short) in San Francisco. Like Incandescent, Doc turned to Kickstarter to fund issues one and two of American Analog, and while we only discussed issue one on the podcast, we’re sure number two is every bit as good. Showcasing Doc’s street photography coverage of San Francisco and mostly shot on an LC-A, American Analog is a great bridge between the basic photocopied zine and something with a bit more finesse. To purchase either issue, click the link below:
Zeb Andrews Photography
Next, Simon brings up what is arguably the least zine-like zine and the closest of all of these to a book, but because of the quasi-self-published nature of it and the loose binding we’ll include it anyway. A few years ago, Zeb was approached by a printing company who were interested in testing out some papers, so using his photographs and some nice 80 pound card stock this was produced! It’s a great look at Zeb’s phenomenal pinhole work of the Northwest, and while there are no official print quantities or pricing, you should definitely contact Zeb yourself if you’d like to pick up a copy.
Finally we come to Littlefields. Not only is this the furthest away from a traditional publication of anything discussed today, but it’s also one of the most interesting. Collected and published by Jim Clinefelter, Littlefields is done in the tradition of certain Japanese publications; rather than a bound set of images displayed in a linear fashion, Littlefields provides the viewer with 10 randomly selected images out of a larger batch, meaning no two copies will ever be the same. Featuring the work of both American and Japanese photographers, Littlefields will certainly entertain you and give you a unique experience. To find out more and to purchase Littlefields, check out the Tumblr page – and be quick, because Issue 7 comes out soon!