Secrets of the Photocopier maps english-speaking zine culture by charting zine events and critiquing titles in circulation as a catalyst for personal navigation and communication.
Originally this was conceived to be an epic project. But it’s become more a little biro scratch on the Australian bit of the global charts of zine culture. That’s ok too!
Definitions are contrary to zines.
Zines are what get copied out of hours and covertly assembled in bedrooms and kitchen tables; low budget one-off or serial tracts usually indebted to photocopier technology and then freely or slyly distributed at little or no cost to friends, strangers or foes. Zines tend to be ephemeral but are ultimately difficult to define. They don’t seek official sanction or popular accolade; they’re about independence, personal expression and the liberating spirit of DIY.
Code of honour
Don’t assume prior knowledge.
Only ever publicly reproduce names and contact details as they appear within the zine itself.
While zinemakers tend to play fast and loose with copyright, and while it’s acceptable to reproduce parts of zines for the purpose of reviews, if you want to reproduce zines, their artwork or their contents, it’s best practice to always seek permission of the zinemaker first. Can’t locate them? ask around.