BLACK PELICAN PHOTO ISSUE #1: $.50, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, photocopied, 42 pgs.

Mar 07, 2013

If I understand the gist of this thing I’m holding, it’s a “photo zine.” I put it in quotation marks because I really don’t consider these things zines. Push a button, have a picture, photocopy picture, have a zine. Somehow, that’s just not enough for me. At the very least, this isn’t just one person’s collection of photos. There are four photographers showing their hard work to the world. I really hope someone caught at least a hint of sarcasm. The first part wasn’t that horrible, so that makes this seventy-five percent awful, twenty-five percent whatever. I saw one photograph in a zine last night, taken by Jimmy Alvarado, and that one picture is better than this whole thing. It says “photo issue” on the front, so I’m hoping if I ever run across this again there might be some actual content. I took it on the Metro and threw it back in my bag after just one station. If you measure your zines by how long they can satisfy you while enduring public transit, this would be a .5 out of 10. –Rene Navarro (