July 07, 2017
In the attempt to divert from digital copy, I recently found myself reading more and more physical print, specifically, magazines. Publications such as Cereal, Kinfolk and Hole&Corner are a common go-to for such deliberately non digital weekend reading. However, last weekend, I had the chance to bring something new to the coffee table in the form of the first edition of Fare Magazine.
Founded by Glasgow based editor, Ben Mervis, this new and exciting publication balances a narrow but insightful focus for singular destinations. Each edition thoroughly explores a different location, the first: Istanbul. Exploring the city's culture through food, history and community, this inaugural copy of Fare engulfs the reader via written contributions from a list of selected artists, musicians, chefs, writers and historians.
"Fare connects armchair travellers with immersive and nuanced stories from cities around the world, and also serves as a kind of roadmap for those who are ready to make the actual trip to see things for themselves.
Fare begins in Istanbul, a stunning metropolis uniquely poised across two continents; an imperial capital to three sprawling empires, the city has been shaped and reshaped by a wholly unique mix of migrant cultures spanning from Eastern Europe into North Africa and the Middle East. Today, Istanbul continues to change amidst a challenging political climate.
Issue 1's contributors are some of Istanbul's finest artists, musicians, chefs, writers, and historians. With them, you'll reach into the city's near and distant pasts, explore rich forgotten desserts, ancient shadow-arts, centuries-old urban gardens, vibrant workman's' eateries, the city's most controversial coffeehouses, and the groove of traditional Turkish melodies."
Specs: 170mm x 240mm, 196 pages, lithographically printed on Arctic matt and Cyclus Offset stock; perfect bound.
"Down a small side street of the ancient and emblematic Grand Bazaar, beside a beautiful medieval courtyard, is a small closet space where an old man makes tea for hundreds."
Read the inclusive excerpt from Fare Issue here.
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