PUNXELATED PHOTO ZINE #1: $?, 8 ½” x 11”, full color, 63 pgs.

Jun 13, 2014

Holy cow, this is impressive—a one-hundred percent DIY, full-color, glossy photozine. Marc Gärtner is a German punk photographer who’s been in the field for the past six years, travelling to thirteen European countries, eight states in the U.S., and has amassed an archive of over 60,000 photos. Learning by doing. His talent’s obvious. He’s got great timing, the photos are excellently framed, he captures the energy of the bands. What’s also really engaging in Marc’s text. He gives practical advice on punk photography (putting a flashlight underneath Mikey Erg’s drum set was a really good idea) and does it for the pure love of it. It’s interesting to see him navigate both large shows with strict shooting rules and basement shows with no lighting. With all good photozines, the details keep you engaged. (Sloppy Seconds has a fitness trampoline for stage divers. Bill Stevenson of the Descendents has a gnarly lobotomy-looking scar.) My only selfish suggestion to Marc is more cross-page spread photos. They just look so damn good. Highly recommended. –Todd Taylor (Marc Gärtner, Adenauerallee 8, 53113 Bonn, Germany, punxelated.com, [email protected]

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