Zine Review: Steady– Bodegas
The guys over at Steady want to get photography back to it’s film captured, printed paper roots and choose to distribute their tangable efforts in a number of select stores around New York City. The third issue of this large format heavy newsprint zine features more photography from the streets of Gothom by Brian Kelley, Dan Zveref, and Justin Hogan who, this time around, turned their cameras towards the omnipresent neighborhood bodega.
From the Spanish la bodega, meaning grocery store, these sell- everything party stores blanket the city and are usually open 24-7 to satisfy every craving from beer and smokes, to candy, crackers, and cat litter. They are also the perfect place to get a freshly made bacon, egg, and cheese on a croissant at 5:30 in the morning after a hard night of drinking. It is partly because of these odd-hour purchases that store owners and clerks end up getting to know the residents in the neighborhood so personally and become more than merely a bodega worker, but a friend.
Bodegas is divided into 3 chapters and showcases the photography of Kelley, Zvereff, and Hogan. Each chapter is introduced alongside an exclusive illustration from Grotesk. Bodegas is available for digital download from the Steady website, but the founders encourage New York City locals to pick up a hard copy at one of spots listed below:
21 Mercer, Blades, BLK DNM, Burton, Carhartt, CRC, Dashwood Books, DQM, DQM general store, Dunderdon, KCDC, La Colombe (Soho, 4th Street), Labor Skateshop, Lafayette Smoke Shop, Manhattan Color Labs, Pudge Knuckles, Raised By Wolves, Reed Space, Saturdays (Soho), St Marks Books, Stussy, Supreme, Surface to Air, The Hundreds.