Buffalo Zine Issue 5
Buffalo Zine Issue 5
Buffalo Zine is a shapeshifter, every issue is different (originally a meta-newspaper about a magazine, then a grunge zine, then a Victorian children’s novel) and as ever, they haven’t just adopted a new format for the sake of it. The magazine is shifting from annual to biannual, and the editors have reflected their new concern for the business side of things with a close up look at advertising, selling and buying, and by extension, desire. The glossy catalogue is the natural visual format for these themes.
For the fifth issue of Buffalo Zine we decided to do the whole magazine without leaving our office. Squatting here, looking at the things we had around, the space we spend most of our days in, the things we see through our windows.
Our office is on the top level of a three-floor complex which includes an assortment of buildings along Hackney Road, east London. There are some Victorian buildings, others built in the seventies, but they all look like ghosts from the past. From the rooftop you can see the skyscrapers of the City looming, getting increasingly closer to the neighbourhood.
The issue includes Pamela Anderson playing dress-up as a jilted East End bride, David Bailey going back to his Hackney roots in an extended interview, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales with Lily Cole in conversation about the future of community and the sharing economy. Judy Blame reminisces on his early career in Dalston, Lennon Gallagher betrays the family brand, and Hans Ulrich Obrist and Michel Serres share their vision of a globalised world that protects local identities.
Every single feature was shot in and around our office building, including fashion stories by Mel Ottenberg, Brett Lloyd, Emilie Kareh, Rottingdean Bazaar, Dexter Lander, Hill & Aubrey, Andreas Larsson, Tati Cotliar, Reto Schmid, Charles Jeffrey, Ali + Aniko and Thurstan Redding.
Needless to say, as with any creative project in London, this issue is being put together by people from more than 20 different nationalities. We don’t know if Buffalo will be able to remain a British company after Brexit, but it’s been nice in these uncertain times of walls and borders to do this issue simply about the place we are in right now. Sometimes you need to go local to find the universal.
276 pgs, 26 × 41 cm, Softcover, 2017