I am fascinated by people’s interaction with other people. I wonder about random conversations with strangers on street corners, or passing words on trains — these kind of serendipitous exchanges. I’ve started a tumblr group to collect these experiences. I would love if you could submit your stories in photographic, text, or video format to this group.
“How many independent / zines publishing companies have emerged in these last few years? I can’t help but wonder if this fast rise is ultimately a good or a bad thing… Of course being part of a scene in its fast expansion period is super exciting, but what happens when you see this scene becoming autophagic? I mean, what’s the point of being a zine publisher among so many zine publisher? What makes the difference between one and another when we all have the same influences and the same defects? What’s keeping this medium so particular when so many “artists” have the sudden similar passion for zines and artist books; when you realize that the zine is becoming the new academism?”
Bartolomé Sanson (Kaugummi Books)
French zine publisher Kaugummi Books has just announced it is closing up shop after 7 years. In a final email, publisher Bartolomé Sanson asks some smart questions of the current independent publishing craze.
"The choice of subject matter, even if it has already been exploited by someone else, is a statement of personal vision at a given moment, whether the tangible result of that vision strikes the viewer as innocent, calculated, trite, or revelatory. One sure sign of genius is the talent for giving new life to subjects, styles, and ideas that everyone else thought were exhausted. It is, in fact, precisely this revivifying spark that we seek most assiduously when we look at art. Doing something passionately can count for much more than simply doing it first-although real innovation, however crude, is never without a certain passionate brilliance." - from Double Take: A Comparative Look at Photographs by Richard Whelan
“I want to see your worst photo. I won’t define what bad is. You might think of it as too imperfect or as too perfect, or something else entirely. Whatever it is, send one to me (taken by you, jpg”—B: Worst Photo Contest