I received an envelope in the mail today that I can only describe as magical, it made my plain brown envelope seem so inadequate. Shawn sent me 4 of her mini zines and they are really awesome. Her design choices are just so good, I mean like these blew me away. The content is life affirming, playful, soulful, deep, clever, and just really good. These are the kind of zines you can flip through in a minute and then go back and study for as long as you want.
When I requested a trade with Shawn she said her zines were inadequate after looking at my blog but in all honesty her artistic skill and the quality of her work make me feel inadequate.
Here is a link to Shawn’s instagram.
I’ve always enjoyed photography, printing and the idea of publishing. In the mid 90s I became interested in underground newspapers and zines, but when I tried to write one I realized I didn’t have that many “underground ideas.” I was primarily full of ideas for a literary arts type zine but never got it off the ground.
So now with internet and social media I think we take images for granted, we look at them for a few seconds then click thumbs up and move on. I have 31,000 digital photos on my hard drive, at any second a mechanical failure could wipe them out of existence. It’s strange to imagine that this big part of my life doesn’t physically exist.
I’m not sure when I first saw the idea of a photozine but the idea immediately clicked with me. I like the DIY ethos of zine makers and the fact that in a photozine the photography speaks for its self. I’m interested in collecting and cataloging photozines as well as making my own.
So in my mind a photozine is a handmade collection of photographs with a minimal amount of text. It’s probably softbound, probably black and white, probably printed on a laser printer and saddle stapled. They could be more professionally printed and still be a zine.
A Photobook is more or less the same thing as a photozine, just longer and with more professional production.