15 Beautiful And Fascinating Independent Magazines You Need To Read

    There is a healthy culture of small, niche printed magazines across the globe. Here are some worth seeking out.

    Despite everything that's going on in global media, there's still very much a place for printed magazines.

    Independent mags are cropping up everywhere these days, on a range of subjects, and many are reaching a decent audience, too. We asked Steven Watson, the founder of independent magazine subscription service Stack, to recommend some titles particularly worth tracking down. Here he tells us what he's chosen and why:

    1. Cereal, Bristol, England

    2. Colors, Treviso, Italy

    "Once renowned for its controversial images of war and AIDS, Benetton’s magazine has switched focus and now explores big global subjects using an ingeniously simple form of visual storytelling. Text is minimal but packed with illuminating information, making this a magazine that will literally change the way you see the world."

    3. Hello Mr., Brooklyn, USA

    "This is the magazine we sent out on Stack last month. Ostensibly a magazine 'about men who date men', the quality of its writing means it reaches far beyond its gay target audience, and again and again subscribers have told me they wouldn’t normally have picked it up but absolutely fell in love with it."

    And this month's cover star is none other than BuzzFeed's own Saeed Jones!

    4. Fat, Helsinki, Finland

    5. Offscreen, Melbourne, Australia

    6. Victory, New York, USA

    "A large-format magazine made in New York, Victory is a brutal and beautiful collection of sports journalism. Forget stats and post-match interviews, this is a magazine about the modern sporting experience."

    7. Delayed Gratification, London, England

    8. Holo, Toronto, Canada

    "One of the year’s most impressive new launches, Holo is a magazine about the meeting place between technology, art and design. As a new breed of artists reach for algorithms and servomotors to create their work, Holo will be there to document the results. Issue 1 also has an amazingly cool cover concept, as explained in this video review."

    9. Wrap, Oxford, England.

    10. The Outpost, Beirut, Lebanon

    11. Frieze Masters, London, England

    12. Printed Pages, London, England

    13. Berlin Quarterly, Berlin, Germany

    14. Weapons of Reason, London, England

    Find out more about Stack here.

    Many of the magazines featured here, and lots more besides, will feature at Printout – Magazines of the Year at the Book Club in Shoreditch, London, on 25 November.