Collective Publishing

There seems to be a growing trend for collaboration in photography, with many practitioners joining forces to tell stories on a topic of their interest.

This week, two independent publications by two photographic collectives featuring stories from two UK countries landed on my desk:

A Fine Beginning: A Fine Beginning

The first issue of a magazine by an open Welsh collective with the same name, featuring work by James O Jenkins, Abbie Trayler-Smith, Gawain Barnard and Jack Latham. It was launched at the Diffusion Festival in Cardiff last month and is currently available from here and here.

The A5 publication with its minimalistic design is made with care and well-thought through, from the choice of paper and quality of print, to slick packaging and a selection of postcards accompanying the magazine – it’s an artwork in itself.

A fine beginning indeed!

Abbie Trayler-Smith: The Big O

Abbie Trayler-Smith: The Big O

Seeing Ourselves:Document Scotland DOC002 newspaper, 'Seeing Ourselves', Friday 31st May 2013.

A publication by Document Scotland photographers and invited contributors features a range of photo essays from and about the country.

Presented in a newspaper format, which recently gained popularity among photographers, mainly because of the low cost and high speed of production, it stands out with reasonably good images quality. However, being used to the dense layout of newspapers, squeezing the maximal amount of information per cm2, the publication feels little bit too sparse – more like a book, but of a newsprint quality.

Sophie Gerrard: Drawn to the Land

Sophie Gerrard: Drawn to the Land

Are there more similar initiatives happening? Please share information in comments!

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About Tina Remiz

I am a documentary storyteller and visual artist of Latvian origin, currently based in the UK's capital.

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