StreetHunters Bookshelf: Street Sweeper Magazine


Dear Streethunters.net Readers,

Today we will be reviewing a new Street Photography magazine called Street Sweeper Magazine. It was forwarded to me by Jaycee Malicdan, a California-based street photographer born in Yokosuka, Japan. Jaycee is the chief editor and founder of Street Sweeper. I have to admit that before receiving a copy to review, I didn’t know about this store. It is about to change though, I was positively astonished when I skimmed through its pages and I experienced it even more one evening when I decided to go through it slowly and take in the photos, the organization, the design and the feel of the mag. But more on that later.

What is STREET SWEEPER Magazine?

So, Street Sweeper is a showcase for Street Photographers. You can read about the street photographers that it boasts on the official Street Sweeper website, or you can buy the magazine in either digital or good old-fashioned print format. Digital editions are much cheaper and for good reason, but if you are anything like me, you will want the print edition of the periodical. At the time of this writing, Street Sweeper has only one issue as far as I can be argued, but if you visit the online store of the store, you will find some more collections by Jaycee himself that are on sale.

At this phase, I would like to share with you a word Jaycee’s sent me, in which you can read in his statements exactly what Street Sweeper is all about.

I find what Jaycee is trying to do with Street Sweeper very noble and it reminds me of our very own Streethunters.net mission. To promote and feature contemporary so famous and sometimes even unknown Street Photographers as much as possible and to introduce them to the world. The Masters will always be in the spotlight, but I strongly be suggested that the spotlight is large enough for everyone and all street photographers that work hard are worthy of the spotlight at least once in their lives.

Before I continue with the review, I telling me that Streethunters.net is in no way are associated with STREET SWEEPER.

Review of the STREET SWEEPER Magazine

According to the magazine writers, Street Sweeper “In Color” is a journey through the visible light spectrum. Collaborating with masters from 35 countries from around the world, they’ve picked some of the best street photography today and present it to you with one common thread: colour.

Street Sweeper Magazine’s idea is to showcase street photographers, based on their photos’ colour palettes, as mentioned before. The sheets of this issue are arranged chromatically. This means that they have sorted the contents by colour while at the same time providing a little context behind each artist. In Jaycee’s messages:

“It’s a excursion around the color wheel, making you through our latest collecting of street photography.”

If you haven’t relatively got the concept hitherto, I will get more into it in detail in the section Organisation and content further down. As a( network) designer myself, I noted the idea extremely interesting.

Before we move onto the actual review, I telling me that I was agreeably astonished when I received my imitation because it also included some stickers, a 33% reject card and a collecting of 6 stunningly beautiful postcards.

The photos of the postcards are all in the book as well. I study small detail such as these employ the book in a positive mindset before opening the book. Sure, it is the oldest marketing ruse in the book, but there is no harm in giving away something. Objects for this!

Let’s move on.

Diary Cover

The magazine/ bible has a thick matted cover with black as the predominant quality. On the most top is the name of the magazine( badge ), in the middle, the volume and figure information materials and at the bottom, the name of the issue “IN COLOR.” The quality of the engrave and the paper are excellent, the feel of the magazine in my hands is more than satisfactory, it is pretty great! Most of the verse on the blanket is white with very few exceptions, so it stands out and the deed of the issue is in massive low relief shiny typefaces that give it a sort of rainbow effect when you move the publication from side to side in your hands. So from a material quality point of view, I fantasize the mask is top-notch. Good work.

From a designing point of view, I reflect the designers could have done a better undertaking, specially when I equate it to the inside of the magazine, but more on that later. I find the design lacking in balance and equality. This feeling I have and can’t shake off is because of 2 pattern choices made by the graphic designer. The apply of 3 different fonts that are all prominent in their own way, is a matter for them. It affords the store consider a more “mixed bag” look. The placement and size of the appoint( symbol ), taking up 3 words, the description of the mag in the top left corner that seems as though it is just filling the spread created by the logo, the loudnes and quantity info clasping the angle of the bottom photo and the periodical designation, seem unrelated between each other. The second design hand-picked that gives me a feeling of lack of balance is the placement of the 2 photos. The top left corner photo in my opinion precisely constitutes the name of the magazine harder to read, contributing sound behind an once “busy” and not easy to read logo that has tighten kerning and spacing. I would have preferred to see the “Street Sweeper Magazine” epithet on a simple black background. It would help it stand out more. The other photo, although not badly residence, have had an opportunity to occupied a larger portion of the sheet submerge it from turn left to right, with the publication and crowd data at a fanny or exceed right-hand side. So the combination of the font labor and the photograph placements, in my opinion, build the sheathe less potent in comparison to the rest of the book and I honestly believe that it could have been designed better. I have mentioned it in the past, we all adjudicate bibles by their cover and as a designer myself, I remember the flood of a publication is the main design work that are able done.

Shelf life

For those of you that have never read one of its consideration of the item, I would like to mention that “shelf life, ” as we call it, is the amount of season, span, that a work will stay on one’s shelf before it is picked up again. The longer a bible stays on the shelf without being picked up, the lower the “Shelf life”. The Street Sweeper Magazine “IN COLOR” has nothing to worry about in this department. I have found that the content is inspirational, with the exact amount of verse vs photography, forming it an easy and interesting read while at the same time offering a stunning selection of photos that in combination with the smart designing of the inside sheets, make it super interesting from various positions. So one day you might want to read up on your beloved photographers, the next day you will find yourself reaching for the book to see some cool photographs and on other occasions, your interest in colour and blueprint is likely to be the inner makes that will have you asking for more. So, as far as I am concerned, this periodical/ diary has a good rack life and I am pretty sure that you will wear out its pages soon enough, unless you are one of those collector sorts that like maintaining everything unscathed, forcing yourself to read through a publications pages formerly and very carefully.

Easy to read

Handling the sheets of Street Sweeper Magazine “IN COLOR” is normal and that is something I am deeply grateful for. Sheets turn easily, the book feels good in my hands and because of the quality of the sheets, my paws don’t slip. I admit I need both pass to read it but at least I don’t have to use both handwritings, as I can keep the pages open, impounding them with one hand, as shown in the photo below. If I choose to open the magazine on a table and read through it like that, pages do feel as if they want to close, but not in a sudden, “mouse-trap” way. It feels more like a reaction to me containing it down. The harder I pulp, the more it wants to close, but I think this is only natural. Its weight is satisfactory, it feels good in the pass. The book’s content is clear and to the point, moving securely within spate of grey opening to make it stand out as it should. All in all, I find it easy and enjoyable to read.

Organisation and content

This is where this periodical glints! Ever since I opened Street Sweeper Magazine “IN COLOR” I wanted to sit at my Mac and write these lines. I get so excited with its simplicity and layout that I merely couldn’t wait to share my enthusiasm with you. This is also why I was not so thrilled with the blanket, as I mentioned in the section “Book Cover.” I was so positively surprised by the pages that I couldn’t aid but wonder why the designer( s) didn’t made the same effort into the cover page( and back cover sheet, for that matter ). But let me explain why I am so excited about the organizations and content.

Once you open the book, “youre ever” saluted with a lovely comic-like play on words and a photo of a person actually embroiling the street. Exactly from this, you realise that you are in for a artistic journey. Then follows an intro, some other details concerning the publishing team, etc ., a mention of the collectives that participate in the book, and then on page 9 you find the table of contents. Creatively designed with a combination of colourings, you get a table of contents for which the only reference is colour!

How does this work? Well, as soon as you move to the next sheet you get the picture. You are welcomed with the first image by Marc Erpelding from Luxembourg entitled’ Green Legs”. You will quickly notice the nicely laid out inside page, with a large photo, a little bit of text that is just the right amount, and a emblazon palette! That emblazon palette causes this diary a whole new level spawning it so much more interesting to browse. The right-hand sheets of the book offer some added info. Namely in the top right corner, you get the colour index represented in the table of contents, and in the bottom right, you get the specified of the issue and the page numbers for both open pages, left and right. But the organisation of the content doesn’t stop here. If you rush to the end of the book, you get an index based on location and an alphabetical index. This will fill even the most demanding “data miners” such as myself.

So, hats off to Street Sweeper Magazine “IN COLOR”! Nice job! I has actually one comment concerning content. I spotted some photographers had “double exposure”. I don’t know why. I feel that instead of sharing more photos by one photographer, you guys could have shared another photo by another photographer. There are no dearth of endowment out there!


I have nothing bad to say about the quality of the magazine/ diary. It might not be up there with some expensive brochures released after big publishing rooms, but it still delivers. As I mentioned before, the pages feel nice in hand and so does the magazine as a whole. The entitles of the sheets are clear and prominent; the fonts used for the content are super crisp, massive, and very easy to read. There is no overlapping or hard to read content. Everything is laid down by neatly, helping the reader have a pleasant experience by immersing into the content without feeling that the design is in the way. The photograph is of good quality facilitating with how the colourings indicate and the blacks are black! The article used for the book is 106 lb ., matte, it is 8.5 ” x 11.0 ”( 22 x 28 cm ), which is the standard US letter size, and all pages are perfect-bound.

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