Magazines

Compulsive graffiti

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I recently got a copy of the German magazine Zugzwang Zeitung. Looking the phrase ‘zugzwang’ up, the title translates as something like ‘the Zugzwang Zeitungcompulsion to move newspaper’. As the name suggests the main topic of the magazine is train graffiti from within Germany but also Europe, and some bits-and-bobs from Australia and the US. There are also a couple of interviews and a few walls chucked in for good measure. Continue Reading

On the Kenilworth Road to Prague.

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Following on from the last post the next review is of another publication from Central Europe. This time it’s the second issue of Signall magazine from Prague in the Czech Republic. signallThe first thing I liked about this magazine was the front cover which reminded me of the away entrance at Luton Town’s ground. Turn over and there’s a second cover too with a painting of some sort of post-apocalyptical city where the cats and dogs have taken over. Continue Reading

Another Manchester.

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Fabrik is a newish magazine from the city of Fab in Poland. The city is also known as Poland’s Manchester which helps explain the slightly decrepit industrial feel to the magazine. The photo content mainly consists of streets, factory walls and abandoned buildings.fabrik frontcover There’s some shots of ‘rooftopy’ pieces that look really good on top of the industrial-era tenements of the city. Throughout this magazine the quality of the photos is top-notch. A few pages are black and white with the rest of the pictures in colour. The photos are good at transmitting the particular feel of the city which helps give context to the graffiti. Continue Reading

Exploring the East.

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For this first post I’ll review one of my favourite magazines around at the moment. Concrete magazine has been going for ten years and in 2015 has released its eleventh issue. Concrete’s main focus is on trains with regular photo reports mainly from Poland but also elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Issue eleven has 132 pages packed with top quality photos from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. I’ve seen some interesting styles in Poland and there’s plenty to see over there which is well portrayed by this magazine with a range of trains from all over the country. Continue Reading