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[vc_row][vc_column width='1/5'][/vc_column][vc_column width='3/5'] Food is the ultimate subject of conversation. Whether when making dinner plans or debating the merits of a particular restaurant or complaining about the rising price of your favorite breakfast cereal, the subject is both ubiquitous and relevant. Think about it: is there anything stranger than someone who doesn’t have a ready answer to the simple question, “What’s your favourite food?”


[vc_row][vc_column width='1/5'][/vc_column][vc_column width='3/5'] “We tell ourselves stories in order to live”, Joan Didion once wrote. Awash in histories both political and personal, we navigate our way through the present by relying on our own narratives of the past. And unless Didion is wrong (which she rarely is), we might go on to say that we tell each other stories in order to live together–so that our communities become a mosaic of interwoven individual experiences, so that the personal can become collective. Nansen, this month’s Surprise Subscription pick, is a moving exercise in precisely this kind of nourishing communal storytelling.


SICK is an independent and thoughtful magazine created by individuals living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Its primary goal is to enhance representation while challenging the harmful stereotypes and misconceptions that often surround disability.⁠ ⁠ Furthermore, SICK aims to foster a work environment characterized by respect and support. Within this context, a unique approach is embraced – working at a pace that aligns with individual needs, allowing for pauses and moments of rest. The foundation of this workplace is rooted in belief, active listening, and support for one another. Productivity is rejected as a measure of value, and the focus is on celebrating the strength and resilience of sick and disabled bodies.⁠ ⁠ Sounds to us like an approach to work that would be healthy for everyone, really.⁠ Buy...

Derived from the invaluable teachings of photographer Stephen Shore, this serves as an indispensable guide for those eager to refine their craft and understand the diverse elements that shape a unique creative voice. Modern Instances offers a fresh perspective on how we perceive the world around us, emphasizing that even the smallest moments hold immense potential for inspiration if we remain attentive.⁠ ⁠ ⁠Now available in an updated and expanded edition, this release features additional essays not found in the hardcover version, more than forty new images, and an extensive notes section. In these notes, Shore delves into various aspects of the original text and further explores themes such as inspiration, gifts, tragedy, and vernacular photography.⁠ Buy...

Last years this calendar was ripped out of our hands faster than you can rip off one of its pages! So this year be quick to get your hands on this beautiful tear-off calendar for 2024 by Dutch graphic designer Karel Martens.⁠ ⁠ One page and one number for each day of the year - constructed with Martens signature method of printing letterpress monoprints from found metal forms. Every day is a new day!⁠ Buy...

Vom Sehen und Gesehenwerden, von Selbstbildern und Selbstzweifeln – Moshtari Hilal schreibt über Hässlichkeit. Dichte Körperbehaarung, braune Zähne, große Nasen: Moshtari Hilal befragt Ideen von Hässlichkeit. In ihrem einzigartigen Buch schreibt sie von Beauty Salons in Kabul als Teil der US-Invasion, von Darwins Evolutionstheorie, von Kim Kardashian und von einem utopischen Ort im Schatten der Nase. Ihre Erkundungen, Analysen und Erinnerungen, ihre Bildzitate und eigenen Zeichnungen führen in jenen innersten Bereich, in dem jedes Selbstverständnis auf dem Prüfstand steht. Warum fürchten wir uns vor dem Hässlichen? Poetisch und berührend, intim und hochpolitisch erzählt Moshtari Hilal von uns allen, wenn sie von den Normen erzählt, mit denen wir uns traktieren. Buy...

We are obsessed with Nicholas Folc'h's underwater photography! ⁠ Dusty waters taint everything in a mystical light. Towering, tentacle-like plants stretch towards the rippling water's surface. You can see the light above, you know above there is the world we know so well - the one of us land mammals. And still it's hard to believe that these otherworldly images are taken from the surface of our planet Earth.⁠ ⁠ In dialogue with scientistsis, Floc’h is on a mission to represent the underwater landscapes at a time when climate change is causing major upheavals within ecosystems.⁠ Buy...

Western societies want us to believe that there is an optimal way to live. We must be productive and heterosexual, our emotional needs are to be fulfilled by a single romantic partner, we must have babies, build a classic family and buy a house. But the kicker is a lot of people cannot and do not want to achieve all, or any of these life goals. ⁠ ⁠ Radical Intimacy shows that it doesn’t need to be this way. A punchy and impassioned account of inspiring ideas about alternative ways to live, Sophie K Rosa demands we use our radical imagination to discover a new form of intimacy and to transform our personal lives and in turn society as a whole. ⁠ Buy...

There is a growing interest in fungi and mycelium, the intricate and ever-branching threads that weave through the fungal world. These entanglements and the functioning of the rhizomatic network are not merely fascinating but also hold a profound metaphorical significance for potential new systems, modes of thought, and behaviors - the teachings of fungi!⁠ ⁠ Let’s Become Fungal! takes its inspiration from the world of art and mycology and shares innovative practices from Latin America and the Caribbean that are rooted in multispecies collaboration, symbiosis, alliances, non-monetary resource exchange, decentralization, bottom-up methods and mutual dependency­—all in line with the behavior of the mycelium.⁠ Buy...

[vc_row][vc_column width='1/5'][/vc_column][vc_column width='3/5'] It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But as images become more and more abundant, and as they are increasingly used as a simple means of communication, a thousand might seem a bit too much. After all, how many words can you find in a thumbs-up emoji? Safelight Paper, this month’s Surprise Subscription pick, is an act of resistance against this cultural decline in photography’s evocative power. Where the emphasis in modern image usage is on speed and convenience, Safelight Paper’s is on slowness and the basic fact that good things always come with time. Operating out of the eponymous Berlin camera store and film laboratory whose slogan is “Shoot Film, Stay Broke”, the magazine actively strives to make pictures worth a thousand words again.