The First Pic­ture I Ever Took by Isolde Woud­stra

Broken Pencil - - Table Of Contents - Photo zine, Isolde Woud­stra, 28 pgs, isol­de­woud­stra.com, € 5 plus ship­ping

This photo zine is amaz­ing. The First Pic­ture I Ever Took of You reads like a mu­sic dork’s scrap­book and it’s wildly in­ti­mate. This zine con­tains a dozen or so por­traits of var­i­ous mu­si­cal men and women, re­pro­duced and printed in stag­ger­ing de­tail. In say­ing this, I’m not talk­ing res­o­lu­tion but tone and tex­ture: it feels in­cred­i­bly real and again, very in­ti­mate. With all photos shot in and around var­i­ous cities in the Nether­lands, there is a Dutch mod­esty and sen­si­bil­ity at work here. Noth­ing rocks. Noth­ing par­ties. In­stead, ev­ery­thing is sub­tle in a re­ally ad­mirable way. In terms of the artists fea­tured, many might be un­known to North Amer­i­can au­di­ences, although Grimes, Chelsea Wolfe and the War on Drugs’ Adam Gran­duciel do ap­pear. The rel­a­tive fame of each photo sub­ject is com­pletely ir­rel­e­vant. This is be­cause the true cap­tions and con­text sit in the hand­writ­ten write-ups that ac­com­pany each photo set and in the sheer stark­ness and

beauty of the photos them­selves. This is well worth a pur­chase if you’re at all into mu­sic or photography or both. Cre­ator Isolde Woud­stra is clearly a tal­ent and this zine is im­me­di­ately en­gross­ing. (Cam Gor­don)

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