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Conversations with independent publishers, telling the stories behind the stories in some of our favourite magazines.

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Conversations with independent publishers, telling the stories behind the stories in some of our favourite magazines.

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Stack Magazines

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Conversations with independent publishers, telling the stories behind the stories in some of our favourite magazines.

Rank #1: Conservation meets beauty in Bumble magazine

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"We're not National Geographic..." Josef Shaw is editor and designer of Bumble, the magazine that raises awareness of the plant and animal species that are currently under threat, and offers simple, practical things that readers can do to help. It was started last year by Josef and editor-in-chief Rachel Nellist, and in this episode he tells the story of how they funded that first issue, how they’ve managed to make it self-sustaining since then, and how they started out aiming at younger readers, but found that they have a broader readership than they expected.

Oct 18 2019

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Rank #2: How to make an independent magazine

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"Don't do everything yourself – that's mad..." Recorded live at The Book Club in London on Tuesday 22 January, this extra-long episode focuses on some of the most common challenges encountered when publishing an independent magazine. Divided loosely into four sections that focus on funding, commissioning, production and distribution, followed by an audience Q&A, we devote an hour and a half to understanding the first-hand experiences of independent magazine makers. Our expert panel features Caspian Whistler, creative director and editor-in-chief of A Profound Waste of Time; Elisabeth Krohn, editor of Sabat, editorial advisor to Suspira, and co-founder of Dreadful Press; and Helen Jennings, editorial director of Nataal. And as always with independent publishing, you can expect open and honest conversation from people happy to share their expertise.

This podcast is supported by Park Communications – tap into their printing expertise at https://www.parkcom.co.uk/

Jan 25 2019

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Rank #3: Episode 42: Ryan Fitzgibbon, Hello Mr magazine

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"The devastation of the shooting at Pulse nightclub was one of the biggest markers that shifted the intention of my work, and made me question why I was doing it." Ryan Fitzgibbon, editor-in-chief of Hello Mr, on the shock that led to the relaunch of his magazine for gay men, as well as a new publishing project that aims to empower new voices from across the LGBT community.

Sep 01 2017

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Rank #4: Tapping into the future of business with Courier magazine

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"I couldn't give a shit what the medium is." Jeff Taylor is the founder of Courier, the London-based magazine dedicated to covering startup culture. But as Jeff explains in the podcast below, print is not sacred to Courier's mission, and while he values it as, "an immersive, evocative but still authoritative long-form format", he is also excited about the opportunities afforded by other ways of reaching people who care about the future of business.

Jun 01 2018

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Rank #5: Understanding Isis: Magnum Photos dives into the archives to produce a fresh view of Isis

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"There's still a desire for long-form photo essays." Francesca Sears is Director of Special Projects at Magnum Photos, and in this episode she explains why the legendary picture agency decided to publish its first ever newspaper. Drawing upon the Magnum archives, A Brief Visual History in the Time of Isis takes a long view of history to tell a fresh story about how the group has managed to draw so much attention to itself, and challenges the image that Isis has so carefully created.

May 11 2018

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Rank #6: Sixty years of revolutionary magazine covers

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"They defied taboos, they attacked conventions... they caught a moment in time." Ian Birch is the author of Uncovered: Revolutionary Magazine Covers, an aural history of magazine cover design from 1958 to 2016. He spent his entire career in magazine publishing, working on the launches of titles including Grazia, Red, Heat and Closer, and in this conversation he draws on his decades of experience to chart the ways in which magazines have changed over the last 60 years. Beginning with One, the magazine for gay men published in 1958, and running right up to the relaunch of Esquire earlier this year, he considers the art and conventions of cover design, as well as the shifting role of the printed magazine in wider culture.

Mar 29 2019

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Rank #7: Episode 56: James Guerin, Berlin Quarterly

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"I have an urge to make things that stay in the world." James Guerin is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Berlin Quarterly, the literary and arts magazine that considers the cultural world as seen from Germany's capital. In this episode he reveals his motivations for making the magazine, the vintage magazines that still inspire him and his own desire to leave a lasting impression in print.

Jan 12 2018

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Rank #8: Episode 54: Thomas Sumner, The Essential Journal

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"It was three of us in a white van." Thomas Sumner is the creative director of The Essential Journal, the men's fashion and lifestyle title based in Liverpool. Now distributing 50,000 copies every month across Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and London, and working with high end advertisers like Rolex and Jaguar, he reflects on the title's rapid growth, its editorial ethos and the opportunities that lay ahead.

Dec 08 2017

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Rank #9: Episode 64: Tbilisi – Archive of Transition

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"Making a magazine is the best way to get to know a country." Froh! is a magazine and media NGO based in Cologne, and they've built a reputation for telling fascinating, unexpected stories from places like Armenia, Moldova and Lithuania. Their latest project is a book called Tbilisi – Archive of Transition, launching now on Kickstarter and based on three years spent working with locals and archives in Georgia's capital. In this episode, three of the team explain why they're drawn to these places, and why the rest of Europe could learn from them.

Mar 16 2018

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Rank #10: Record Culture magazine lauds vinyl in print

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"I see the appeal in holding something..." Karl Henkell is editor-in-chief of Record Culture, the magazine that visits vinyl lovers in their homes and studios. Long interviews give them the space to talk about their passion, and they're photographed surrounded by piles of vinyl, giving a lovely intimate picture of who they are and what music they listen to. In this conversation Karl talks about his first impulse to create a print magazine, his pursuit of the perfect interview, and how he's working to put Record Culture in front of the right readers.

Oct 11 2019

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Rank #11: Younger, fresher, made by women: behind the scenes at Eye on Design

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"It just became this thing we couldn't shake..." Perrin Drumm is the founder and director of Eye on Design, the initiative launched by AIGA in 2014 as a way to reach designers in the college to mid-career age bracket. Originally a blog that Perrin ran on her own as a side project, it quickly grew into a fully fledged website, and then in 2017 came the first full issue of the Eye on Design print magazine. In this conversation Perrin tells the story of her journey so far, explaining the advantages and challenges of publishing both online and in print ("Now we're running on two treadmills at the same time"), the importance of theming issues, and the experience of working on an all-women team.

Nov 02 2018

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Rank #12: 100 years of British independent magazines with Paul Gorman

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"We plug into a deep history of pamphleteering, troublemaking and piss taking..." Paul Gorman is co-curator of Print! Tearing It Up, the independent magazine exhibition on at Somerset House in London this summer. In this conversation, recorded live on Tuesday 31 July as part of Stack's week-long takeover, he speaks about his surprise at the current boom in independent magazines, and traces the lines of influence that have led to some of our favourite contemporary titles.

Aug 02 2018

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Rank #13: Weakness and strength in Where is the Cool? magazine

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“From weakness you make something strong...” Laurent Laporte is editor and founder of Where is the Cool?, the French magazine that presents readers with an eclectic and totally original selection of things that it has decreed are cool. In this conversation he shares his thoughts on turning weakness into strength (he’s not a journalist, which is why you won’t find long written articles in the magazine); the ongoing struggle of independent publishing; and why this thing absolutely has to be a print magazine.

Jul 05 2019

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Rank #14: Strong Words takes an unpretentious look at books

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"The London Review of Books can be quite a daunting experience." Ed Needham loves books. And he also knows a thing or two about making magazines; he was the editor of FHM in its late 90s heyday, and he went on to edit FHM in the USA, then Rolling Stone and Maxim. But his latest editorial position is altogether more humble – Strong Words is a new magazine that takes a fresh and unpretentious look at books, and Ed is its editor, publisher, marketing manager and van driver.

He dropped into the Stack office to speak about his new publishing project, the ways in which it has changed since it started earlier this year, and how he plans to develop it over the coming months. As is often the case with independent publishers who find they have to do everything themselves, Ed is open about the things he finds most difficult, and excited by the opportunity to tweak all aspects of the magazine as he goes. There will be lots of magazine makers who feel very familiar with his struggles over marketing, distribution and production...

Sep 21 2018

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Rank #15: A feast of editorial design in Eye magazine

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"We approach special issues with trepidation..." John L Walters and Simon Esterson are the editor and art director of Eye magazine, the international review of graphic design. Their latest issue is the second in a two-part special focusing on magazine design, and it's their biggest issue ever, packed with fascinating interviews and comment covering both the mainstream and independent worlds (and the places where those two realms intersect).

It's a massive undertaking, so it's not surprising that this double issue has been bubbling away for a number of years before finally emerging onto the newsstand, and I loved hearing the stories behind the stories straight from John and Simon. As I write this we currently have copies of this latest issue available to buy from the Stack shop, so do head over there to pick one up for yourself...

https://www.stackmagazines.com/shop/

Dec 14 2018

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Rank #16: Accidents and alchemy creating The Gentlewoman's covers

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"It's not entirely a surprise, but it's a delightful provocation..." Penny Martin is the editor of The Gentlewoman, the phenomenally successful magazine that fills its pages with fascinating women and discerning fashion, all presented with a wry smile that sets it apart from the rest of the newsstand. Renowned for its iconic covers that have featured a wide range of stars including Angela Lansbury, Beyoncé and Simone Biles, it rejects standard tools like cover lines and garish colours, instead using characterful portrait photography and subtle design touches to create an impact. In this conversation Penny speaks about the slow-burn process of choosing their cover stars, the trust they place in their collaborators, and the way she knows that they've got a cover right. ("A magazine cover works for us if I end up shrieking with laughter every time I see it.")

Mar 01 2019

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Rank #17: Episode 53: Christoph Amend, Zeit Magazin

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"I'm always waiting for the surprise." Christoph Amend is the editor-in-chief of Germany's Zeit Magazin, the magazine distributed with news weekly Die Zeit. In this conversation he speaks about his earliest experience of writing articles, how his first professional magazine jobs taught him that creativity and profitability must go hand in hand, and why it's important for him as an editor to keep on writing.

Dec 01 2017

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Rank #18: Making music magazines, with Beat, The Move, Straight No Chaser and Cool Brother

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"Music is a springboard for everything else..." Recorded live at The Book Club in London on Tuesday 25 September 2018, this episode is a panel discussion featuring the people behind four of the UK's most interesting music magazines: Hanna Hanra (Beat), Tom Armstrong (The Move), Paul Bradshaw (Straight No Chaser) and Woody Cecilia (Cool Brother). Of course they're all driven by a love for music, but they have chosen very different ways of expressing that passion, and have each found their own ways of overcoming the challenges thrown up by independent publishing. In this conversation they share the sometimes hard realities of making music magazines, plus lots of tips for getting a print project off the ground.

This episode is sponsored by Park Communications

Sep 28 2018

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Rank #19: What is beauty? A panel discussion with Beauty Papers, Staple and Ladybeard

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Independent magazines are renowned for their loveliness: the thick paper, gorgeous photography and enticing design are all there to make you want to buy a copy. But what is their own definition of beauty? And how does that compare to the sort of images we're used to seeing in mainstream editorial and advertising? Recorded live on 22 May 2018 at The Book Club in London, this panel discussion brings together the makers of Beauty Papers, Staple and Ladybeard to speak about the ideas and ideals behind their magazines.

May 25 2018

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Rank #20: Stack Awards 2017

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Hear all the judges' comments and winners' acceptance speeches from this year's Stack Awards, recorded live at The Queen of Hoxton on Monday 20 November 2017.

Nov 24 2017

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Art and environmentalism in Where the Leaves Fall

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"I've never found anything interesting to read about soil..." David Reeve and Luciani Pisani are the editors and art director of Where the Leaves Fall, a magazine that focuses on our contemporary relationship with nature. It’s the sort of subject that can easily feel overwhelming, but they explain that they’re on a mission to tell stories about sustainability and the natural world that feel human, and which ultimately inspire readers to take positive action. They’re also keen that their magazine should help give a platform to voices that aren’t normally heard, and so they search far and wide, looking particularly to the global south for local stories about these global environmental issues.

Jan 24 2020

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Primary Paper's impulsive approach to photography

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"We wanted to do something that was ours..." Jessica McGowan and Coco Cassibba are the art director and fashion director of photography magazine Primary Paper. The title started without any grand plan – the word they use to describe the process is “impulsive”, as they set out to make something based on the work they love. In this conversation they speak about what they've learned along the way, why print is so important to the project, and why they love not having a client.

Dec 20 2019

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A more united Europe in 34minus1 magazine

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Published by a group of British students studying overseas on the Erasmus programme, 34minus1 is a showcase of creative projects made by fellow Erasmus alumni in 2018. The magazine has a political motivation – concerned that Brexit could mean the end of British involvement in Erasmus, 34minus1 was launched to show what British students would be missing out on.

Dec 13 2019

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Mal Journal's literary sexuality

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"We don't ever do controversy for the sake of it..." Maria Dimitrova is the editor of Mal, the journal of sexuality and erotics that was started in 2018 by the Feeld dating app. In this conversation she speaks about that origin story, the importance of editorial independence, and how they’re “following the thread”, taking advantage of opportunities as they arise and allowing the project to take its own direction.

Dec 06 2019

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Ecology, culture and spirituality in Emergence Magazine

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"The web is ephemeral – a server goes down and you're gone..." Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is a filmmaker and the executive editor of Emergence Magazine, the California-based title that explores our relationship with the natural world. Published in four online issues per year, and then in one beautiful, thick annual print edition, it's an ambitious and forward-thinking publication that wants readers to slow down and reflect on the way we live. In this conversation Emmanuel explains how he came to be editing a magazine that operates at the meeting place of ecology, culture and spirituality; why it was always essential to the project that there should be a print output; and how they go about transforming their stories into print.

Nov 29 2019

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Fukt magazine's award-winning cover design

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"The cover is the playground for design..." Ariane Spanier is the designer of Fukt, the magazine for contemporary drawing. She makes it it along with her partner Björn Hegardt, and it has become renowned for its fantastically creative, fun-loving covers. Their current issue won Cover of the Year at the Stack Awards last week, and Ariane dropped in at the office the day after the ceremony to speak about the process she went through in creating an eye-catching concept that embodies their take on the theme of systems. In this conversation she explains why she’s attracted to such a playful design style, why she thinks it works so well for the cover of this magazine, and how this long-running title has changed over the 20 years it has been published.

Nov 22 2019

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Conservation meets beauty in Bumble magazine

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"We're not National Geographic..." Josef Shaw is editor and designer of Bumble, the magazine that raises awareness of the plant and animal species that are currently under threat, and offers simple, practical things that readers can do to help. It was started last year by Josef and editor-in-chief Rachel Nellist, and in this episode he tells the story of how they funded that first issue, how they’ve managed to make it self-sustaining since then, and how they started out aiming at younger readers, but found that they have a broader readership than they expected.

Oct 18 2019

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Record Culture magazine lauds vinyl in print

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"I see the appeal in holding something..." Karl Henkell is editor-in-chief of Record Culture, the magazine that visits vinyl lovers in their homes and studios. Long interviews give them the space to talk about their passion, and they're photographed surrounded by piles of vinyl, giving a lovely intimate picture of who they are and what music they listen to. In this conversation Karl talks about his first impulse to create a print magazine, his pursuit of the perfect interview, and how he's working to put Record Culture in front of the right readers.

Oct 11 2019

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Unseen Singapore in Meantime magazine

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"These are the stories you won't find in Singapore's mainstream narrative..." Pang Xue Qiang is one of the founders of Meantime, the magazine that explores the history of Singapore via the love stories of its citizens. It’s a lovely, sweet and affecting magazine that also has a deeper purpose hidden just below the surface – flying below the radar of Singapore's strict government controls, it specialises in telling tales that you wouldn’t hear in the country's mainstream narrative.

Sep 27 2019

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Global African creativity in Nataal magazine

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"It's not looking outward for approval..." Helen Jennings is editor of Nataal, the magazine of global African creativity. Launched online in 2015, the project grew steadily until last summer the first print edition hit shelves around the world, immediately impressing with its lavish production values and its fresh approach to the fashion, music and visual arts coming out of Africa and the diaspora. In this conversation Helen speaks about the new sense of confidence she’s seeing amongst young African artists and creatives, and why, when they finally started working on the print product, they really didn’t have any choice but to go all out and make something spectacular.

Sep 20 2019

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Pickles and humanity in Club Sandwich magazine

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"People actually read magazines!" Anna Broujean is the editor and art director of Club Sandwich, the Paris-based title that uses food as an absurd and accessible way into exploring anthropology, sociology, psychology and other social sciences. The first two issues were published in French, but issue three, dedicated to the humble pickle, features both French and English. In this conversation Anna speaks about the ideas behind her eccentric magazine, the reason why they decided to add English, and why she has been pleasantly surprised by the results.

Sep 13 2019

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Good Sport magazine takes a new direction

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"Sometimes it just needs to be big..." Ben Clement is the founder of Good Sport, the magazine that launched out of Melbourne in 2014, fusing sport with art, food, fashion and other facets of popular culture. In this conversation he explains how his love for sport and his career as a photographer came together to create the magazine, how it has evolved over the years, and why sometimes sports photography just has to be big.

Sep 06 2019

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Cult music magazine Wax Poetics returns to the newsstand

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"It's for the people who love dusty record shops..." David Holt is one half of the joint venture that is bringing cult music magazine Wax Poetics back to record and magazine shops across Europe this summer. Created by its original editorial team, the magazine, which was launched in 2001 but switched to print on demand in 2018, will return to the format that was so beloved of music enthusiasts, and the relaunch begins with a collector's edition that combines archive material from the vaults with fresh pieces on London's thriving jazz scene and 90s acid jazz. In this conversation David speaks about his original interest in the magazine, and why he thinks the time is right for its return to the newsstand.

This is the last episode of the Stack Magazine podcast for a little while, but we'll be back in September with a new season of conversations with independent magazine makers.

Jul 26 2019

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Photo zines get weird

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“We love pregnant men!” The first Temple Arles book fair was held in the South of France last week, and we were there selling some of our favourite independent magazines. Organised as part of the photography festival that has been held in the town for the last 50 years, the fair included some extraordinary photo books and zines, so we took the opportunity to speak to the people behind some of the most striking titles.

Brilliantly bizarre, the three zines we picked out embrace the ease, accessibility and unpretentiousness typical of the format, using their unassuming pages to explore unique obsessions:

Album by Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen uses a vast archive of found photography to create unexpected associations between images, challenging conventional ideas on subjects like gender roles and encouraging the viewer to question what they see.

Boyz II Men is a collection of photography shot by the artist Thick Nina, exploring the formation of masculinity and considering the role of men, often in relationship with women.

Narco by Lina Ibáñez presents images of the various actors who have played Pablo Escobar in film and on TV, and comes complete with a plastic baggy of white powder (Colombian corn flour, not cocaine).

Jul 11 2019

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Weakness and strength in Where is the Cool? magazine

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“From weakness you make something strong...” Laurent Laporte is editor and founder of Where is the Cool?, the French magazine that presents readers with an eclectic and totally original selection of things that it has decreed are cool. In this conversation he shares his thoughts on turning weakness into strength (he’s not a journalist, which is why you won’t find long written articles in the magazine); the ongoing struggle of independent publishing; and why this thing absolutely has to be a print magazine.

Jul 05 2019

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Ray Gun's radical and influential magazine making

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"Magazines were magical to me – they transported me to somewhere else..." Marvin Scott Jarrett launched Ray Gun in 1992, working with the designer David Carson to create one of the most radical and influential magazines of the decade. After becoming disillusioned with the music industry in the late 90s (he didn't like boy bands) he went on to launch Nylon magazine in 1999, pioneering a publishing model that embraced both print and digital.

He's now released a book with Rizzoli looking back at Ray Gun, showcasing some of its most famous artwork and locating it within the music, fashion and design cultures of the 90s. He was in London to promote the book at the end of May, so I caught up with him to speak about his career so far, and how he threw himself into magazine making, learning along the way.

Jun 27 2019

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Reclaiming satire in The Fence magazine

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"Satire is an interesting weapon, but it's been co-opted by the establishment." Freddie Marsh is one of the editors of The Fence, the satirical magazine that launched in London earlier this year. In this conversation Freddie explains why he and his fellow founders were inspired to produce a new satirical magazine, why it's important that politics is just one part of what they cover, and why The Fence needed to exist in print.

Jun 21 2019

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Stoicism and celebrity in The Happy Reader

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"You're constantly trying to break it..." Seb Emina is the editor of The Happy Reader, the literary magazine made for Penguin Books by the publishers of Fantastic Man. The 13th issue is out now, featuring Hollywood star Owen Wilson alongside Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, and Seb dropped into the Stack office to speak about the making of the magazine, and why its simple structure encourages him to play with ever more ambitious and eccentric editorial ideas.

Jun 14 2019

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Inside the ambitious growth of gal-dem 2.0

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"We have money all of a sudden!" Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff is the editor of gal-dem, the magazine made by women of colour and non-binary people of colour, which made an immediate impact when its first print issue launched in 2016. They've been working hard since then to increase their reach, for example with their takeover of The Guardian's Weekend magazine last year, and this week saw the release of their first book, I Will Not be Erased. I caught up with Charlie to speak about the rapid growth of gal-dem, including the funding they received earlier this year, which is allowing them to embark upon "gal-dem 2.0" – the ambitious next stage of their development.

Jun 07 2019

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Big ideas behind the International Magazine Centre

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"It's world peace for publishers..." Nikki Simpson is the woman behind the International Magazine Centre, a proposed hub for publishers and anyone who works with magazines. Aiming to launch in Edinburgh in 2022, Nikki wants to bring together all kinds of magazines, from the biggest corporate titles to the smallest independent outfits, helping them to build connections between one another and using strength in numbers to draw wider attention to magazines that might otherwise be overlooked. In this conversation she explains where the idea came from and how she's taking it forward, and why she wants to hear from LOTS of magazine makers.

May 30 2019

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