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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.

    Punk publishing rips up the rules in Rotten magazine

    Punk publishing rips up the rules in Rotten magazine

    "Obviously it was just me in my bedroom..." Joel Seawright is the man behind Rotten, an extraordinary magazine that reveals and comments on the process of magazine making. Joel left school aged 15 and struggled to find work without any qualifications, but he knew he loved photobooks and started playing around with the idea of making a magazine as a way of working with the photographers he admired. He had no experience of publishing; he felt like he didn’t have a voice; and moreover he felt like he needed to prove himself to his dad and show what he could do. The result is a magazine unlike anything else I’ve seen – scrappy and handmade, funny and opinionated, it’s intensely personal but also intended as a general demonstration that these days virtually anyone can make a magazine.

    • 24 min
    Able Zine is smashing disability stereotypes

    Able Zine is smashing disability stereotypes

    "There are lots of horrible assumptions and stereotypes around disability and I just wanted to smash them all to pieces..." Claudia Walder is the editor of Able, the magazine that provides a platform for people with a wide spectrum of disabilities and chronic illnesses. She was diagnosed with ME when she was just 23 years old, and in this episode she speaks about the frustration and shame she felt at having to stop work and become "a disabled person", and also the revelation that made her want to turn that around and create a bold, confident magazine that communicates a wide range of disabled people’s experiences.

    • 29 min
    A more accessible view of art in Swim magazine

    A more accessible view of art in Swim magazine

    "We're just a big group of friends who make a magazine together..." Daniel Milroy Maher is the editor of Swim, the art and photography magazine that takes a refreshingly unpretentious approach to the work on its pages. As Daniel explains in this episode, the magazine was initially intended as a way to showcase the work of friends, and while it has grown since then and now also includes some really big names, it’s managed to keep that same feeling of easy accessibility.

    • 24 min
    Art and environmentalism in Where the Leaves Fall

    Art and environmentalism in Where the Leaves Fall

    "I've never found anything interesting to read about soil..." David Reeve and Luciane 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.

    • 26 min
    Primary Paper's impulsive approach to photography

    Primary Paper's impulsive approach to photography

    "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.

    • 19 min
    A more united Europe in 34minus1 magazine

    A more united Europe in 34minus1 magazine

    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.

    • 19 min

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