Category unnamed.pdf

an unintentional limited edition gift press

Since late summer 2012, when Max Fenton and I started the unnamed.pdf project, I’ve returned to an old love of making zines. Unnamed.pdf set the model for the work I’ve done both with Max and independently since our first issue; all zines can be viewed on screen and/or downloaded as a DIY file with which a viewer can make his or her own copy.

When we created unnamed.pdf’s issue 2 in December 2013, I began to recognize that we were making mini-photo monographs. I decided that, alongside distributing the files for possible DIY creation by others, I wanted to start making meticulous, handmade copies of my own. I returned to another old love, making handmade books, and began a process that remains unseen on this site each time that I post a new zine.

For each zine that I make and post, whether in collaboration with Max or alone, I make 4-5 unique physical copies. I found a high quality, double sided photo print paper, print them on my slow but beautiful old Epson printer, and hand bind each one. I then send each copy to an individual who I consider related to the zine story in some way—as a participant, supporter, or topic-interested reader. Inspired by projects such as Wallace Berman’s Semina and Ray Johnson’s practice of sending mail art, the physical copies can’t be requested; I gift them as a form of correspondence with people in my world.

unnamed.pdf Issue 2

In 2012, Max Fenton and I asked artist/mapmaker/programmer Aaron Straup Cope to show us his version of the city. The three of us spent a day together, and Max and I rapidly documented our experience in the form of our very occasional zine, unnamed.pdf. In 2013, our subject/collaborator was the brilliant filmmaker Jem Cohen. If you don’t know Jem’s work, check it out. Unnamed.pdf zine Issue 2 can be found for both screen viewing and DIY printing here.




Mockups of unnamed.pdf zine's first issue

The brilliant Max Fenton and I have started an occasional zine series. Named unnamed.pdf, each zine is the result of spending a single day with “someone of interest” and then rapidly compiling a portrait of the person and our shared experience. Today, we posted our first issue, “Make me a swimming pool,” made with and about Aaron Straup Cope. I’m particularly fond of our new identity, created by Max and found at our nascent Twitter account. All zines will be posted here as both on-screen and print ready files; download, print, and collate your own (old notebook paper not required).