Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Vincent Perraud is a French photographer who specialises in bike photography. He created an end-of-year portfolio to mail out to clients and sent us some photos of his newspaper (a digital tabloid) looking terribly handsome, so we thought we’d share them here.
You can follow Vincent on Twitter and Instagram to see more of his wonderfully atmospheric photographs.
Monday, January 13th 2014
Last year we printed a newspaper documenting the building of a ship– here’s a paper we’ve printed recently that shows what happens at the other end of a ship’s life.
London-based photograher Tim Mitchell spent nearly two years documenting the ‘breaking’ and recycling of the RFA Grey Rover in Canada Docks in Liverpool between 2009 and 2011. These photographs are now on display at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland as part of his debut solo exhibition A Fish Out of Water, which opened 11 January and will run until 23 February.
To accompany the exhibition Tim created a very unusual improved tabloid. It’s made to be taken apart, a tactile rendering of the dismantling process depicted within the images. One page featuring a grid of photos taken from his two-year time lapse (see video below) can be used to create a flick book.
In addition to being available in the gallery, copies of the newspaper have been posted out to every primary and secondary school in the Tyne and Wear area– nearly 500 schools– along with educational material for teachers to use in the classroom and in the gallery.
We asked Tim to tell us a bit more about the newspaper:
The publication is intended to be an oblique, experimental newspaper, where the form of the newspaper itself echoes the subject matter within– a document made up of contrasting forms and perspectives, all looking at the same subject matter. The sheets of paper become like the sheets of steel, the structure of the newspaper inviting the reader to pull it apart– as has happened with the ship it portrays– in order to reveal the ‘bigger picture’. Once disassembled the newspaper can then be reformed into another order– much like the act of recycling the steel from the ship. No page numbers on purpose.
The addition of the Sunderland Interviews sheet is specific to the occasion of the exhibition at the National Glass Centre. It is intended to give the publication a broad and oblique sense of the life and death of not just a ship, but of our Nation’s relationship with ships themselves. The interviews are also intended to carry the ‘voice’ and perspective of those who worked on ships locally to Sunderland; to give a counterpoint to the artist’s perspective and even that of the academic or expert. The individual anecdotes from men who worked on ship building in Sunderland hopefully bring a human voice to the sheets of steel within A Fish Out of Water.
It’s fun watching how people interact with the newspapers. Opening them. Starting to look through. Realising what’s going on and pulling them apart and then realising they can’t remember quite how it came. Then they have to really engage.
It was designed by the wonderful Brighten the Corners after lots of discussion and play. It’s the second time we’ve made a book together. A lot of fun.
While supplies last, A Fish Out of Water is available on Tim’s website for just the price of postage and packaging (which works out at £1.70 for the 28-page newspaper if you’re in the UK and £5.20 outside the EU.)
You can see more of Tim’s work on his website and find him on Twitter. Thanks for printing with us!
Friday, January 10th 2014
December’s Paper of the Month is foodie publication P. from photographer Agnese Morganti, created in collaboration with her chef mum. It’s a lovely digital tabloid compiling trial recipes for a cookbook as well as stories about the local Italian community behind the food. We asked Agnese to tell us a bit more about the project:
P. is a quarterly publication about food, culture and everyday life. The idea came from my mother, vegetarian chef Patrizia Gozzini and founder of L’Orto del Lupo. A few months ago, when we started thinking about making a book with her recipes, we thought about testing and photographing the food during real-life dinners with friends and family and matching these reportages with the recipes (that’s what you see in the paper!), but we also wanted to give insights into the stories of some amazing local food producers that my mother had come in contact and become friends with over the years.
As a documentary photographer in love with all things press and paper, I’m always experimenting with different formats. Newsprint has always looked beautiful to me, it gives me that feeling of unsophisticated, genuine, real-life storytelling. I thought it could go very well with food stories: after all, these same qualities are also what Italian food is famous for worldwide.
We chose P. as the name of our publication because we could think of many Italian words related to food that started with that letter. Actually, you might be familiar with the most famous of them such as pizza, pasta, pane, pomodoro…but there’s many, many more!
We’re based in Prato, Tuscany, just a few miles from Florence. As a tiny, local-based, family-run business (there’s just my mother and I on the editorial team) we chose to keep the text in Italian only, start with a very small print run and distribute the copies through local independent bookshops, beginning with the lovely Equilibri Libreria in our hometown, just a few steps from where we live.
My mother decided to add a pretty handmade cotton sleeve to wrap each copy and we were ready to go: P. was launched on December 3rd and the response has been overwhelming! Issue #1 was sold out on the night of its release and we’re already working on the next issues.
See more pages from P. in the Newsagent and keep up with Agnese’s work through her website and Twitter. Thank you for printing with us and sharing your story!
About Paper of the Month
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Tuesday, January 7th 2014
Before a recent trip to Berlin I wanted to experiment with printing a newspaper to use as photo filters.
A single copy of a digital tabloid with a shape, pattern or colour on each page.
The pages then work as filters. To do this I expose each photo twice: the first exposure with my camera pointed at the thing I want to photograph and the second exposure pointing at the newspaper. This can be done with any SLR/DSLR or a smartphone (may require an app).
The newspaper is ideal for a portable set of filters– light, easy to fold into a pocket. Plus the texture of the newsprint adds to the charm of the overall effect.
It’s easier to shoot the subject first and the newspaper second. Anything white on the newspaper page will be obscured in the final image, with detail appearing in the dark areas.
I tried to remain experimental with these photos, not anticipating the effect the filter would have on the image and enjoying unexpected results.
As an experiment it worked well. On the next paper I’m going to keep the patterns to a minimum and use simpler shapes and colours.
Wednesday, December 18th 2013
Lampedusa in Hamburg is a final project for the Danish School of Media and Journalism by photographer Maria Feck. It documents refugees from Libya currently seeking asylum in Hamburg. The layout was designed by Lars Borker.
We asked Maria to tell us the story behind her project:
Since June this year, St. Pauli Church [in Hamburg] has been home to approximately 80 refugees from Libya. When the revolution began in Libya in 2011 and war broke out, many of them tried to leave the country. They fled to Lampedusa [part of the Italian Pelagie Islands], but in Italy they lived in inhumane conditions. Overwhelmed with the refugee problem, Italy gave several thousand Africans a Schengen visa and a few hundred euros– an indirect offer to leave the country.
They lived for months on the streets of Hamburg. Since the Dublin II agreement says that Italy is responsible for the refugees, the German government sees no reason to provide humanitarian assistance. Just after the elections, the senate of Hamburg started to put pressure on the refugees; they see no future for them in Hamburg. But the refugees do not want to return to Italy, where their situation was even worse, and returning to their home countries is not a choice. This topic is a European question– not only an Italian issue.
Every Wednesday the group, who call themselves Lampedusa in Hamburg, demonstrate in front of Hamburg Central Station. The number of public supporters is growing and the European parliament has invited two of the refugees to report on their situation. For now, the city has offered tolerance for half a year and the church has rented some container homes for the wintertime. The fight for a better solution will continue.
You can see more images from Lampedusa in Hamburg in our Newsagent. Thank you for sharing your project with us, Maria.
Tuesday, December 17th 2013
As mentioned last week, we set a little challenge for visitors to Thought Bubble – to fill in the blanks on our specially-printed newspaper.
We got lots of amazing entries and picking one winner was a difficult task, but after much chin-stroking, the £50 goes to Norm Chung for this fantastically detailed newspaper full of drawings.
Honorable mentions to Marta Szudyga who worked the Leeds city motto into her drawing.
And Miguel from Spain who drew us (Rosie and Anne) as superheroes saving Leeds from imminent destruction.
Massive thanks to everyone who entered. We had a lot of fun looking through the entries and really appreciate the time and effort that went into each drawing.
Friday, December 13th 2013
Here’s something that would fit nicely in a Christmas stocking: London-based design agency Cai and Kyn have rejected tinsel and tosh holiday catalogues and instead created Ho Ho Ho, ’a journal of Christmas creativity.’ Printed as an improved traditional tabloid, it’s 24 pages of festive innovation, like a negative Christmas tree and a brilliant pixel-knitted advent calendar. You can preview the paper on the Ho Ho Ho website, where you can also see the bits they didn’t have space for in the printed newspaper.
We got in touch with Kyn Taylor and asked her to tell us about the project:
Ho Ho Ho is a collection of creative Christmas delights. We wanted to put together an alternative view of Christmas, a publication devoid of any commercial influences, a break from the mass consumerism and a place where we celebrate the pure creativity of this extraordinary time of year.
We chose to print with Newspaper Club as their products are a perfect fit with our concept and they offer about the most efficient and cost effective way of producing an independent publication there is. They also really helped us out with a few print suggestions to make sure our magazine looked as good as possible.
You can find Ho Ho Ho in lots of lovely shops and cafés around London, see the full list of stockists to find a vendor near you. And best to act quickly– when our designer Ralph set out to find a copy to photograph, he had to swipe a shop’s last issue off a customer carrying it out the door. (Don’t worry, he returned it.)
An exhibition based on a feature from the newspaper will be running 17 – 18 December, more details to be announced on the Cai and Kyn blog. You can also keep track of their goings on by following them on Twitter. Thanks for printing with us!
Wednesday, December 11th 2013
Drift is a lovely record shop in the Devon county of Totnes. Since last year they’ve been putting out a free quarterly newspaper called Deluxe, ‘the world’s first magazine dedicated to the exploration and celebration of independent record shops.’ And we get to print it!
The latest issue of Deluxe is their 2013 Records of the Year special– a run down of staff and customers’ favorite records released between January and November 2013. It’s a follow up to last year’s list (which had Grizzly Bear in the top spot) and includes short reviews of 100 albums that, according to Drift, ‘rocked our world, our stereo and especially our till.’ It’s a brilliant inventory culled from hundreds and hundreds of releases, and put together by folks who really know their stuff and love sharing it.
If you can’t make it to Totnes, you can find all the Records of the Year collected in Drift’s webshop. And if you buy an album, you can add a copy of Deluxe to your order free of charge.
Drift posts a Record of the Day every day, so it’s worth following them on Twitter and Facebook to stay in tune with lovely sounds. Thanks for printing with us!
Monday, December 9th 2013
It’s the most wonderful time of the year– a new issue of UC. Quarterly is out! It’s issue number three, and looks just as smart as the first two issues we printed for Austin-based design team UnderConsideration. As with the previous issues, each copy of UC. Quarterly comes wrapped in its own unique, hand-stamped cover, salvaged from their letterpress makereadys.
UC. Quarterly is a traditional mini gathering together projects published across UnderConsideration’s network of blogs, which for this latest issue means hand-drawn menus, Japanese manhole covers and Jupiler beer coasters modified by typographers are all featured. You can have a look through the Flickr set for more images of the new issue, or watch their lovely wee preview video to get an idea of what’s inside:
We asked founder Armin Vit if he had anything more to say about it:
By now, the third issue, we’ve worked out most of the kinks and issues in coordinating the sizes and thicknesses of the bodies with the covers that can come from up to five different printers. We’ve also minimized the time it takes to hand-assemble and print the covers with unconventional tricks.
For example: the rubber bands need to be stretched slightly so that they lose some of their tension and not crumple the covers; we used to stretch 3 or 5 at a time with our hands, now we take 15 or 20 at a time, hook them to a fire extinguisher outside our house and pull them all at once, using gloves since the bands leave a lot of residue when stretched. Fun, right?!
UC. Quarterly 3 is available in the UnderConsideration webshop while supplies last and you can keep up with UnderConsideration on Twitter.