Get Off My Lawn is a 48-page photo-zine, edited and published by Geoffrey Ellis. The zine features the work of eleven photographers who are 34 years and older. Get Off My Lawn is a tongue-in-cheek response to the calls for entry, contests and publications that require “emerging photographers” to be somewhere between the ages of 18 and 34.
The zine showcases photographers who are working just as hard as those in the 18-34 range to produce great work.
We can no longer be in your club, but soon enough, you'll be in ours…
Zine Release Party:
July 1, 2010 | Casanova Lounge, SF | 6-9pm
with DJs Utrillo and Forest Love
The first edition of 222 hand-numbered copies, with 11 different covers will be available July 1, 2010 at the release party, select stores, and online at sadkids.com and geoffreyellis.com (10 bucks each!)
Alan W George
Andrew Martin Scott
I wore my Fraction Magazine t-shirt today, but it's not just any old day, it's the day that Fraction issue 15 went live. So what you say? So I'm in it I say! (Click here to see my photos).
And don't forget to patronize my issue-mates sites:
I've got a couple of photos hanging on a wall with some other people's photos. The opening is Saturday, January 30th from 5-8pm. Come out! Have some beer, eat some food, take in the sights! And after the opening, stay for the awesome music of Toshio Hirano.
2nd Annual “Rock Show” photographic exhibit January 24-March 13
Rite Spot: 2099 Folsom St. @ 17th: SF
Opening: Saturday, January 30th: 5-8 pm
Facebook invite here
Live rock show photography from:
Tiger Lily (KALX/JetLag RockNRoll)
CAnderson (Victim of Time/Horizontal Action)
Julie Schuchard (Tricycle Records)
Geoffrey Ellis (Sadkids)
Amy Thompson and
Featuring photos of Jay Reatard, The Mummies, Human Eye, The Drums (Dwyer and EZ), Wayne Kramer, M.I.A., KISS, Jarvis Cocker, Mastodon, Nobunny and many, many more. Show runs through March 13, 2010 - as you can see on the bad-ass flier by Mr. Matt K Shrugg.
I'm truly saddened to hear that the super-talented Jay Reatard was found dead at his home in Memphis. I hate it when people I know die. It makes it worse when they die young. My thoughts go out to all my pals at Goner Records who I know are devastated by this news. I was lucky enough to see him play numerous times and his album Blood Visions reinvigorated my interest in music (no lie!) and was easily my one of my favorite records from the 2000s. He was also my favorite musician to photograph playing live. Completely unpredictable and ferocious. Total raw power. Total energy.
The music world has lost a legend. And that's not hyperbole.
R.I.P. Jay Reatard (1980-2010)
(photos © geoffrey ellis)
Christmas Day it seemed all of Memphis was closed. We drove out Summer Avenue and back on Poplar looking for somewhere to eat and not one thing was open--not even a Krystal or McDonald's. We still had a nice leisurely drive. And now I know where to get my cracks welded, just not on Christmas Day.
Summer Avenue, Memphis, 2009
photo © geoffrey ellis
I can't tell you what the future holds for photobooks, I just hope there is one.
My own Internet addiction aside, I'd still rather flip through a physical book in my hands than scroll through images on a screen. And why is that such a bad thing? The Internet isn't just about spreading images digitally, it's also democratizing self-publishing itself, making it easy and affordable to create more books without the barriers of a big publishing house or a gallery. The system isn't perfect, but even with all of its problems, it's a matter of time before color issues and printing quality get to the level we'd expect from any mainstream publisher.
I know a bit about this. More people have seen my work from my self-produced Sadkids zines than on any gallery wall. Granted the production quality is only as good as what I can get from my Xerox Docucolor printer. But that's OK for now. The purpose of a zine has less to do with the quality of printing, and more to do with creating an inexpensive way to make a cool, collectible publication that gets your photos in front of people. For "emerging" photographers (sorry, what are we calling ourselves now?) there may be no better way to share images. It's much more exciting to have a tangible item that you can pick up and thumb through rather than it is to click, click, click, click around someones vanity site. It makes your work more memorable too.
Of course, that experience comes at a price. Creating a zine isn't easy. It takes a little money, a lot of time and some design skills. I've been working on my latest issue on and off for over a year. But it is all becoming easier and (hopefully) cheaper to do, and I think think it's just a matter of time before publishing-on-demand books look awesome enough to push this kind of guerilla self-publishing to the next level.
My only concern in a POD world is the loss of editors. If the whole world is DIY, where are the quality checks? Look at the abundance of garbage on YouTube. No editors = lots of bad stuff. Maybe I'm just hung up on the validation of a "real publisher" asking to contribute photos to a book. It feels great when someone recognizes your work enough to want to publish it for you. But if photographers stay mindful of what they are publishing, rather than just being thrilled that they can publish themselves, we could be on the verge of a new world of really great books, zines, or something in between.
Is technology endangering the printed photobook? On the contrary, I hope it'll save them.
See more of the discussion HERE.
My 20x200 editions are out NOW. You should buy at least one of the two. Or maybe even both. You really should. It's affordable and it can hang on your wall and it's awesome. Art for the masses! $20 bucks each (or, there are more expensive options if you have the money)! Plus, I signed my name like, 400 times at least. I need the money for physical therapy. I like you, and if you like me (at all), you will buy some of my photos. Love, G.
BUY BUY BUY (it's good for the economy).
Did you know this? I did not. Whether I like a band or not, it's always fun to find out where they got their name. Other band names that sound like people but aren't include: Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Henry Cow, Geraldine Fibbers, King Crimson, Captain Beefheart, Mr. Bungle, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Medeski Martin and Wood (kidding).
photo © geoffrey ellis,