Pdexposures Podcast Episode 16 – Show Notes

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.

American Analog, Without Reason, Quality Jones and Littlefields Magazines
American Analog, Without Reason, Quality Jones and Littlefields Magazines

Without Reason

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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:

Without Reason – Matt Day

Varial

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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.

Varial Zine

Incandescent

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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:

Incandescent, a color film zine

Incandescent Kickstarter Project

Quality Jones

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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:

Quality Jones – a dommephoto photography zine

Rum Soaked – a dommephoto photography zine

We don’t mind people on shoulders…

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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.

For more information, here’s the website of the group – Preston is my Paris – who produced the zine.

American Analog

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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:

American Analog

American Analog Kickstarter Project

Zeb Andrews Photography

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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.

Zeb Andrews Photography

Littlefields

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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!

Littlefields Photography Magazine

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Tony, I’m the guy behind one of the zines mentioned in this podcast, Varial. Whilst it clearly wasn’t your favourite, I appreciate you picking up a copy and taking the time to discuss it, and sharing our info with listeners.

    I understand the criticism that it’s too ‘glossy’ for a zine – it was indeed professionally printed, which probably negates its title as a ‘zine’. It just started so small I felt it would be too bold to call it a fully-fledged magazine!

    Incidentally, that was our first issue from back in March, whereas the picture you displayed shows our second issue, which was just released this week. If you’ve not had too much of a zine-overload, you’re welcome to check out issue 2 at Flo skatepark, amongst other places.

    As it happens I do shoot film photography, and have been keeping those images for separate projects including DIY zines, I imagine that would be more up your street!

    Anyway, thanks again for checking out our mag.

    Regards,

    Tom

    P.s. Stereographic Projection is a photography technique used to create 360 degree panoramas. It involves stitching together several photos – so, yes, involves a bit of digital wizardry, but can produce some interesting results. (And isn’t to be confused with simple mobile apps that produce mock-effect stereographic images). For example: http://www.panodrop.com/

  2. says

    good write up! I’ll have to check out the podcast too :)

    a bit of a downer though with so many images missing here -or maybe that’s just me? I’ll check at another computer later

  3. Incandescent says

    Thanks for including Incandescent in your podcast. It is always cool to get feedback and input. Zine gentrification is an interesting and relevant topic.

    The idea of Incandescent started out as a zine but we really wanted to print in color and we had a lot of images we wanted to put out. That was not easy to do on the cheap. This left us torn about how to produce and price the publication. Fortunately, we were able to fund a printer using Kickstarter. It would be impossible to print this quality of color photos any cheaper than we are unless it was offset at a very large quantity, and that is not what we are about.

    It is true that Incandescent resides in a grey area between the zine and book worlds. At this time in the history of photo publications there has been an explosion in small press, limited runs, self-publishing, and books as art objects. These sensibilities have crossed over into the zine world, as well as drawn inspiration from it. We hope this space can continue to grow without discouraging more DIY endeavors.

    We still call Incandescent a zine because it is hand produced and made out of passion, rather than to make a profit.

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