If this set of Zines doesn’t make you want to edit, sequence, and create your own then I don’t know what to tell you. And another great name. Balazs Fejes. My parents were lame and went with a standard tag for little old me. On a quick side note, I really hope you aren’t getting tired of me posting these publication features because there are A LOT more on the way.
Putting your work in print, as I might have mentioned a time or two before this, is one of the most important things you can do as a photographer. Even the hipsters are falling in line these days. Sure, they might act like they discovered printing but I’m willing to give them a pass on that. After all, it was I who discovered printing.
First of all, let’s just talk about the flood of color that happens when you open a package of zines like this. Boom. Here’s what I like. Perfect size. Perfect page count. Just enough to wet my appetite and also shows that the photographer can edit. Most of the high-page count books I see these days I go right by because most photographers are not spending enough time in the field to really justify high-page counts. Budgets are down. Timelines are short.
The print quality is outstanding. Thickish, heavyish paper that feels like these zines could change hands many, many times and still hold up nicely. The type treatment, two-column, is easily digestible and gives just enough foundation to help the reader understand what they are about to consume.
The topics are varied but showcase something important. Balazs always has camera in hand. He is shooting what he has at his disposal. He could travel endlessly to far-flung places, and he might, but these zines were made close to home and around features of his life that many would consider commonplace. This is hard to do. We are all in love with the exotic. Because it’s exotic! But finding pleasure and beauty in what we see every day is a challenge that only a few are up for.
There is also a nod to the pandemic which will forever give this work the relevance of time. At SOME point we will be able to look back on C19 and the work will take on an even more important note, that of testimony, evidence.