Hard Copies | The 5 Best New Indie Magazines

Michèle Lamy by Ren Hang, Dev Hynes in Guyana and fashion in Japan

by Iona Goulder
May 14 2017, 11:00pm

There’s never been a better time to indulge in real, hard copies of magazines. Despite it being an industry all-too-often pronounced dead, independent magazine publishing is in having a moment of fervent output. From travel to fashion, art to politics, magazine makers are producing important and beautiful work. Here are five new issues that you’ll want to cop.

PYLOT Magazine

PYLOT don’t retouch any images and are always looking to mix people from all walks of life. The current issue aptly questions our current political situation and the power of protest, as well as looking at the role art plays in times like these. The Perspective Issue has two covers. One is an archive image from photographer Zed Nelson’s series Gun Nation and the other by Arcin Sagdic.

£5 pylotmagazine.com

Bite Me

The Hong Kong based magazine was one of the first to work with the visionary Chinesephotographer, Ren Hang. This issue sees Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy, photographed by the brilliant Hang before his death, as well as the Tokyo-based British artist Gasius and Misha Hollenbach – the main man behind P.A.M.

£18 bite-meee.com

The Travel Almanac

The Spring issue of The Travel Almanac pays tribute to New York. Dev Hynes graces the cover, and inside, meanders through the city’s parks and takes a trip back to his family roots in Guyana. Director and writer Whit Stillman talks Dunkin’ Donuts and the Upper East, while artist Taryn Simon discusses the impact of NYC on her practice. Leafing through the pages of this beautifully shot magazine will leave you pining for your next trip to the Big Apple.

€15 travel-almanac.com


If you’re a fan of magazines and/or Japan then you may know OGs like Popeye and Brutus, which have been documenting the culture for decades. GRIND Magazine is a somewhat newer kid on the block, but with editorials like their latest shoot with Supreme in Rome they’re making big waves right now. Unless you’re fluent Japanese you won’t be able to actually read what they’re saying, but you can indulge your inner kawaii through the beautiful photography, art direction, clothes and models. The latest issue takes you from Tokyo to LA with pieces from Gosha Rubchinskiy, FACETASM, Carhartt WIP and Liam Hodges.

£16 goodhoodstore.com

Collective Quarterly

A magazine for those with adventurous souls, Collective Quarterly is a magazine all about far-flung places, people and things. In their latest issue they went in search of silence and desolation in one of California’s most phenomenal landscapes, the Mojave Desert. Paying tribute to John Steinbeck, rattlesnakes and UFOs, the magazine is full of incredible images of the epic desert landscapes.

$20 collectivequarterly.com

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