Monday, June 29, 2009
What started off as a music zine has become a credible art publication. Useless, the brainchild of New York artist and photographer Conrad Ventur, started out as a stapled music zine, but over five years since its launch, has morphed into a tabloid-sized, much sought-after art publication. Ventur, who earned his first credit as a photographer of New York City’s burgeoning art and music scene in 2000, finished his MFA at London’s Goldsmiths, and cites Andy Warhol’s early Interview magazine as his key influence. “We didn’t want to be precious with it” the 30-year-old explains. “The mag was meant to be sort of here today, gone tomorrow. We weren’t out to make some holy grail of what’s cool and what’s not – we just wanted to share what we personally thought was fun and interesting.” Amen. Here are some other magazines you should check out.