ZINE REVIEW: THESE MEAN STREETS (SPLIT ZINE) – THEN THERE WAS US X BLAME YOUR PARENTS

FFO: COLLABORATIVE ZINES FT RAW AND CONTEMPORARY STREET PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE!

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The zine titled ‘These Mean Streets’ is the product of a collaboration between two small uk presses/zine publishers; Blame Your Parents (Essex based) and Then There Was Us (mainly Manchester based). Though the zine’s brief is rather simplistic through welcoming only street photography submissions, the publication offered the chance for photographers internationally to contribute and showcase their work as part of a collaboration alongside other talented photographers.

‘These Mean Streets’ is a 36 page zine which features the work of 34 different photographers. The zine is equally split between both publications with BLP curating one half and TTWU curating the other.

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BYP Photographers:

Adam Connett, Mark Buchanan, Tyron Hug, Steve Bell, Andrew Munns, Amy Warwick, Phillip Taylor, Lucan Carter, Jack Lemmon, Joe Goicoechea, Connor Weinstein, Giulia Boggio, Sophie Leigh, Charlie Warcup, Beth Kane and Adam Krajcir.

 

TTWU Photographers:

Jake Marsiglia, Chan-Yang Kim, Tom Bamforth, Mat Unsworth, Ste Fletcher, Bobby Beasley, Rod Mullaney, Aaron Berger, Georgia Sheales, Mike Prestage, David Gee, Oliver London, Luis Garcia, Luke Saxon, Jake Marsiglia, Owen Godbert and Gabe Conte.

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THE PRESENTATION // DESIGN OF THE ZINE

The design of the split zine is rather unique as it has two front pages – which works favourably within a collaborative zine. This choice of design enables the reader to be more interactive with the publication as it encourages them to flip the zine, choosing the starting point of one press’ set of images. These set of images continue right through to the middle pages (finishing point). When the reader reaches the middle (end of one set of images), the start of a new set of images curated by the other press are then flipped (appearing upside down to the reader); so the viewer is encouraged to flip the zine over to  see the new set of curated photographs the correct way up.  This design playfully but distinctively separates the images curated by each press.

 

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(Sorry that the previous paragraph was longwinded. There’s probably a simpler name to describe this design style that i’m probably completely unaware of so I do apologise. Made a video to explain the design in a easier way but the free wordpress version does not allow videos- poor poor diy youth)

IN SHORT: TO EXPERIENCE THE COOL FLIPPY DESIGN OF THE ZINE IN REAL LIFE, YOU CAN PICK THE ZINE UP HERE (TTWU) OR HERE (BYP). 

The actual layout/edit of the images is typical of a collaborative zine featuring one image dedicated to each bordering white page. The zine is rather minimalistic within its layout  but it’s effective in it’s purpose to allow the viewer to appreciate each stand alone image, without the distraction of text.

 

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FEEDBACK (KEY STRENGTHS AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM):

  • All images are of a high quality, non of them lack consistency. Each and every image is stands out. Basically, they’re all brilliant. Amazing job all round with the images, the design and layout of the zine.
  • The only bit of constructive criticism I have is that the BYP front page cover image would have benefitted more visually being printed onto white paper rather than black ink; as the image seems rather dark in print and therefore fades into the black border. More careful consideration could have been made to choose a more colourful and bold front cover image.

 

OVERALL… AN AMAZING ZINE, WORTH PICKING IT UP! TREAT YO SELF!

 

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Where can i pick one up??

HERE: http://blameyourparentspress.bigcartel.com/product/these-mean-streets

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