New zines published by The Raw Society community
We are huge fans of the zine format. We always encourage our members to create their own for several reasons: It forces them to edit their photographs, think about the narrative and become more intentional with their own work (amongst many other things). It also allows them to share their stories with others. Recently, our members have published two zines that I hope you’ll take the time to check out!
WORKING THE PARK #2
BY REGI METCALF
For over two years, Regi has been documenting Washington Square Park, a microcosm of New York City.
Working the park #2 is the second collection of what Regi describes as: individual photos of various types (portraits, group shots, action, candid, posed, aware of me or not, abstracts etc.) that relate to each other because they are united by space and across time.
“The park has become a kind of open air studio for me. As time has passed and, esp with the completion of “no 2″, the series is becoming something more: a chronicle of a time and place that is quite unique, yet representative in so many ways of New York city and, even, America. It tells my story of the people (many from all over the world) coming together in a public place and showing (in my photos) who they are to each other and to the world.” – Regi Metcalf
This visual notebook of black and white photographs was recently chosen (for good reason!) as a Blurb Staff Pick.
Hidden in the heart of the Mississippi Delta and surrounded by endless fields of cotton, Clarksdale, Mississippi might not stand out at first. However, anyone who is blues-savvy will probably know that this sleepy town is in fact the birthplace of the blues and was home to legends such as Muddy Waters and Sam Cooke. It’s a place of Juke Joints and huge talent (and not only in music), welcoming people and an atmosphere that perhaps can’t be found anywhere else.
Delta Blues documents the Juke Joint Festival as well as the stars of the event, including musicians Big A and Lala Craig, Baking Virtuoso Sweet-Tooth Teddy and Robin Colonas, owner of the historical ‘New Roxy’.
What makes this zine so special is that it’s a collaborative project by four very talented women. Each has added their grain of salt to the project and yet, it’s so beautifully edited and sequenced, that you would never have guessed that the photographs are by four different photographers.