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Capricious Magazine
New York and points beyond
7.75 x 10.5
full color, perforated pages

I’d heard about the first issue of Capricious magazine for a while before I saw it and liked what I heard. A magazine made by some photographers that printed work by emerging photographers from all over the world, including a few people I knew—photographer Melanie Bonajo was on the cover with a cucumber and some cotton pads strapped to her face. And the almost total absence of text! And the perforated pages! Those were the big hits with everyone who insisted I find this magazine. But I didn’t see it until I wandered into a party at its office to take advantage of the open bar. I grabbed some drinks and a free copy then boozily accosted its editor, Sophie Morner, telling her how cool I thought the mag was. Then I grabbed a few more beers and another free copy and ran off again. After that embarrassing encounter, I continued to buy the magazine and run into those involved at various events. The issue out now is #4, The Light Issue. Light, I guess, is the unifying theme but you could say that about all photographs. The editor’s note from guest editor Emma Reeves says the common thread is an unsettling feeling that each photographer has chosen to reflect in their own way. Stand-outs for me are: These odd bright self portraits by Jesper Uvelius, they are seething under the surface in some way. The strange distance and pretty light in Jay Hanna’s observations of others’ lives. Ric Bower’s stiff group portraits with strips of fluorescent light.

Buy Capricious at arty bookstores or Amazon. And look on their site for submission guidelines for the next issue.

Down Under? Is that dorky? I think so. I apologize, it's early. I just came across some books from a small Australian press called Serps Press. So far they only have two titles but they are both beautiful. I recommend buying them right now.

Westside is a new book from photographer Conor O'Brien and chronicles his time living near the beach in Perth in lovely landscapes and portraits.

Homemade Tattoos Rule is a book of photographs by Thomas Jeffe which explore the aesthetics and techniques of homemade tattoos. After all, homemade is where the heart is. I feel like that's a quote from something. Is it? If you're interested in giving yourself a homemade tattoo—a practice i wholeheartedly endorse btw—check this out.

Texas, NYC is a new web project/magazine by this photographer Jake Rowland. The insane Les Krims (second photo) and the strange and lovely Dustin Wayne Harris (first photo) are up there right now. As are writers Richard Foreman, of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and Tim Davis. Go look.



And this is a photo blog by Swedish photographer Sannah Kvist.

Capricious #6


cap6.gifCapricious Magazine #6
New York and points beyond
7.75 x 10.5
full color, perforated pages

"Just Can't Get Enough" is the tagline for this new issue of Capricious. The party for it was at Union Pool and there were tacos and beer. I was out on a photoshoot and missed the fun, which is terrible because one of the things I just can't get enough of is free tacos. Jeez ok, before I go on a food tangent... This may be the best issue of Capricious yet. Overall I have a serious unsettled weird feeling looking at it. There are a lot of altered images here. I imagine these photographers in their bedrooms, armed with tape, scissors, computers, and their own bizarre brains, working out fantasy visions over ordinary scenes. It's hard for me to say what stands out because I love the issue as a whole... It's really well curated. You go, Caroline Niémant! Matthew Porter, Lilly McElroy, Martin Kollar, and Körner Union's bits are all aces if I had to pick a few to mention. So rush out and get this issue. Do it! Also, it comes with a compilation CD from Brooklyn music collective Voodoo Eros. Highlights on that include Jana Hunter, Metallic Falcons (CocoRosie metal band side project), and Quinn Walker (from The Suckers). FYI, other things I just can't get enough of are seltzer, pickles, the smell of ink and paper and markers, staring out of moving car windows, and the wearing of this grey t-shirt.

cover.jpgGuttural Journal
Published by Cederteg Publishing
5.5" x 8.5", 36 pages
edition of 100

Guttural Journal is a yearly photo zine from Swedish publishing house Cederteg Publishing. Tony Cederteg and his art direction team Sandberg & Timonen put out limited run fashion, photo and drawing zines. They're cheap and slim and really good. This first issue of Guttural Journal is in black and white and includes work by Armen Danilian, Linda Berlin, Todd Fisher, Jesper Ulvelius, Kento Mori, Magda Lipka Falck and Kristian Bengtsson. In this book I'm interested more in the formal aspects of the work (the textures and the shapes) than the people or events depicted. The pattern of pillow creases on an arm and back followed by the pattern of thin branches flash lit against the night sky--the second image almost creates a negative of the first. These particular ones are by Jesper Ulvelius. I've mentioned before that I've been into his work lately. Cederteg has a bunch of stuff out later this month, so keep an eye out while browsing your favorite zine store or read their blog. Two more pages from this zine after the jump...

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