For those of you lamenting our screen-obsessed society and mourning the gradual disappearance of all things printed, may we suggest taking a trip this weekend to Long Island City, a neighborhood in Queens, New York? There, your faith in humanity will be restored as independent publishers from around the world gather at MoMA PS1 to hawk their creations at an annual bazaar known as the NY Art Book Fair.
Now in its 11th year, the title doesn’t quite capture what you’ll find at the event. Designers, photographers, writers, illustrators, artists, and people who just love to make stuff will be selling magazines, books, zines, photography tomes, and all sorts of other swag. It’s more of a craft fair than a book fair, with everything created out of pure passion, because let’s face it—independent publishing is a labor of love.
So with that in mind, we asked 13 NYABF vendors to share the publications that first inspired them to get into the print game.