The zine format finds new life in the hands of Orlando's writers and artists 

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click to enlarge PHOTO BY LIV JONSE
  • Photo by Liv Jonse

Laura Margaret

Laura Margaret self-releases zines of her own (often stunning) photography as the mood hits her. Themes and formats change often, with her eye being the one constant.

What are the titles of your zines?

There's a New Sheriff in Town, GARBAGE, #HASHTAG, Darling Darling.

Tell me about what themes your zines cover.

Photography is a major "theme" in my life. Some zines theme around film photographs strictly. Or like #HASHTAG is channeled by a mood, playful with a little more provocative attitude to the photos. GARBAGE was just a series I accumulated after traveling and photographing good friends. With creating the zines, though, there is something specific I like to do, which is all of my covers have a diffused, ambiguous self-portrait but I will not (even if it's good) put materials of myself elsewhere in the zine. Because it's not about that, it's about the extension of perspective.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY LIV JONSE
  • Photo by Liv Jonse

How long have you been making them?

I was first introduced to making zines when there was Orlando's Zine Fest going on last year. A lot of things I make are shit but the point is to keep making shitty things until they're good. So I pursued to create the most "professionally" crafted zine for it. The funny part was that this first photography zine, which is There's a New Sheriff in Town, didn't even get to be placed out for view.

Why a zine? Why print, for that matter?

What a zine represents to me is to give voice to the underground trope. It's to the creative that is not adulterated by conglomerates but embodies the genuineness of the human condition. The tangible prints that make up a zine come to represent not only what are in those pages, but in a small way, a symbol of immortality.

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