Observations – new PDF magazine

For six years, from 2006 to 2012, PDF-Mags.com was the home to fresh and inspirational PDF magazines. Most of the PDF Mags, or zines, covered creative culture: art, design, illustration, photography etc. Unfortunately most if not all of the PDF zines were a labour of love that has lapsed and the zines are no longer in production.

Now if you ask your favourite search engine about “PDF magazines” it will return a bunch of links to questionable web sites that link to downloads of commercially available magazines that have been PDF’d. You will be lucky if a third of the links work on any given dodgy “PDF Magazine” web site because the PDF files are hosted by file hosting web sites that are just as questionable as the sites that use them to provide the downloads. I don’t know when mediocrity became something to aspire to, but it seems the internet has broken out in a rash of it.

I had given up on PDF zines, I thought nobody made them any more. Then I discovered the Observe collectives Observations PDF magazine. Observervations is a pure photography PDF zine made by photographers for photographers.

In issue 1 of Observations members reflect on their relationship with photography.

Observations can be download for free from the Observe collective’s web site: http://www.observecollective.com/Magazine.

If you are in Melbourne, Australia and physical zines are more your thing then checkout Sticky Institute in the Degraves Subway.

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