Saturday, July 23, 2016

interview with Winter Vandenbrink from COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTARIES

Collection of Documentaries captures British youth culture and are comparable to Masses, Dust and LAW The magazine has no online presence. Issue three just came out.
We met the editors in the shop and asked Winter Vandenbrink some questions about his publication.

How would you describe your magazine yourself?

Collection of documentaries is a bi-annual publication focused on youth culture and how it is documented today.
My partner in this, Lee Crichton and I are also very interested in studying and researching new styles of photography.
For this new issue for instance, we have a soft theme which is "new realism".

You have no online presence, why not?
We like to be this book/mag that you find which comes as a surprise, something to cherish, something that not everyone knows about.

Which magazines inspired you when you started COD?
Collection of documentaries is mostly inspired by photography itself. I think I used my inspiration from other magazines for an earlier publication I used to create called "Blend"
COD is therefore very clean and minimal in it's design, printed on very high-end paper, so that it is all about the photography.

When you’re in a magazine shop, what are your browsing habits?
I look mostly for the independent mags like Dust or Masses also the little corners where zines are hidden interest me.
What's the best thing about publishing a printed magazine?
Well I love collecting great work from other photographers of which I feel they are full of zeitgeist. Some of them only publish online or are still in school.
To me it feels natural to collect this and sent it out into the world in printed form to make it important.

What are your future plans for COD?
7 more issues until our cover is completely black, every issue our blank cover is printed 10% more grey. After that, everything is open.

Friday, June 24, 2016

KINFOLK #20: The Travel Issue

The introduction of the issue says things like' things change within us when we travel'. Has Kinfolk itself changed during the 20-issues-journey? Or has the concept become too familiar to inspire or shock us? Now, Kinfolk was never made to shock; it's all too beautiful and harmonious for that. But inspire; yes, they do it again. Although the whole community-feeling -which was quite outspoken when Kinfolk started- seems to have bleakened a little bit, the conscious lifestyle they portrait is still vivid. 

We read interviews with interesting people we otherwise would never come across; hurray for 'not the usual suspects'. Texan musician Leon Bridges, prop stylist and photographer Anita Calero and fashion designer Abdul Abasi are among them. It's an interesting blend of personal stories, new businesses and awesome places. Age, gender, origin; it's all represented in the clean design that has inspired so many other magazines that followed Kinfolk. Funny, the paper is from Arjo Wiggins, who will speak at What Design Can Do in Amsterdam next week.


Magazine Video

new in Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum from Athenaeum Boekhandel on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LUNCH LADY #2: Coloured Turbulence

The first thing that strikes us, reading  the new magazine Lunch Lady, is that it seems to be made specifically by the very same people  the magazine targets: mothers of all ages with kids dealing with lunch, dinner and everyday life. It’s not made by a team of marketing people selling a magazine to a specific audience, quite the contrary, the makers are their own market and they know exactly who they’re talking to. 

The magazine is crafted with a lot of detail. Illustration, photography and text  are spread all over its pages in a graphically pleasing, and very fun, way. There is a lot of colour and there is quite a bit happening on every page: instead of using the mere calm white of paper or the minimalist layout a lot of magazines utilise these days, Lunch Lady’s editors have managed to fill the pages to the maximum without making it all too hysterical. In a way these rich aesthetics reflect the turbulent life of a mom cooking and inventing new things to do for the kids. 

The ink and paper smell good, which is of course very important, the print is beautiful and there is so much attention given to details. There are straight-forward recipes for sushi, pizza’s, cakes and milkshakes.  There’s an article about the forest, the mushrooms and cones and what you can do with them.  Apart from all the food there are pieces on parenting and art for kids. The magazine is slightly similar to the Polish independent title Fathers, yet where Fathers is directed specifically at dads as fans of the outdoors, cabins, camping and bonfires, Lunch Lady is a title that reflects every 21st century, albeit urban of rural, mothers perfectly.

Made by the same team  behind the popular title Frankie and the Lunch Lady blog, this is a magazine that doesn’t follow any trend nor tries to be trendy: it’s real . And clearly it’s made with love. 
The new issue is almost out and soon in the shop.

Monday, May 9, 2016

interview with Martin Pashley from UNION MAGAZINE

UNION is a new independent magazine from the UK, it features in-depth journalism and photography and seems a rawer version of HUCK magazine. They just published the second issue. We had some questions for editor Martin Pashley. 

How would you describe your magazine?

We're very content rich, words and photos wise. I think in comparison to some other indie mags we're quite vivid. There's a lot of stories about sub cultures and people doing extraordinary things from around the world. We like to let stories breathe so we'll often give 10 pages to a feature so we can really tell it. 

In the last issue we had features on biker gangs in Oakland, exorcists and Anonymous, this issue we've stories on white squatter camps in South Africa, a feature on a man who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, breakdancing in the UK and fighting festivals in Bolivia.  So it's quite full on. 

The second issue just came out, was the editing process different then with the first issue?

It was. We were more confident about the whole process. the first issue started with just the idea of 'let's do a mag'. As our background is more editorial we knew nothing about the process of or printing or distribution. We learnt everything along the way— - and are still learning.  

Why do you publish in print?

It's the best medium for the stories we want to tell. Our content isn't disposable and having it as a physical object reflects that. 

Which magazines inspired you? Which magazines do you read?

New Yorker, Harpers, Elsie, Huck, SideBurn, Fortean Times. There's so many good indie mags around now, it really is a golden age. 

What is the best thing about publishing a magazine?

The people you meet during the creative process. There's so much talent out there. 

What are your future plans with Union?

We're working on the next edition now. We haven't got any plans for world domination but we are currently looking for office space in extinct volcanos. So if you know of any please get in touch.