Welcome to the first film in a series I hope to expand upon in tandem with my filmmaking ability and time dedicated to all things AG23. As I've mentioned many times before, in over a decade at Blurb I've never had a collaboration like this.
One of the most important things we can do is promote the contributors. The creative industry was shell-shocked prior to the pandemic and now finds itself in an even more precarious position. If there is ANYTHING we can do to help put these folks on the radar of decision-makers or budget holders then we are doing something right.
I've known Andrew Kaufman for years. In fact, I traveled to Panama with Andrew in 2010 to see for myself what all the canal fuss was about. We drank ice cold beers, wrote in our journals, and spent DAYS making pictures. I knew Andrew's canal project was perfect for AG23 and was something that more people should be exposed to. The canal doesn't make headlines here in the states, but it should.
Over twelve years in the making, Kaufman's archive lives a testament to time, place, and history. Color and black and white, multiple formats and all captured in a beautiful book, both softcover and hardcover limited edition, that will exist long after you and I are but dust.
This was the perfect style of project for the zine. Long-form thought out, published, and covering a topic of global importance. A project like this, here in the United States, is often viewed as being "not sexy," so embarking on a multi-year voyage like this takes wild commitment, something we are keen to promote.
Have a look, have a listen.
Daniel Milnor is a co-editor at AG23. He once worked as both a fragrance model and a hot tub installer but is better known as a reformed-journalist, photographer and writer who is now, once again, performing these duties in his role as “Creative Evangelist,” for Blurb Inc., the world’s premiere indie publishing platform. He lives in and loves New Mexico. Siempre Juntos.