Since it’s debut issue in 2012, Document Journal has always been able to balance wide-ranging topics with the intelligence and space of a specific interests publication. Fitting in essays about how art thrives in times of cultural strife, or the reflections of Japanese internment camp survivors (both of which appear in the new issue), beside 40-page fashion editorials and making it all flow is no easy feat. But perhaps most surprising is that the magazine is doing this all in hard copy, independently, in a time when things seem uncertain for print media.
“When we started, there was nothing else. No one could believe we were starting in print,” said editor-in-chief, creative director, and co-founder Nick Vogelson, noting that after a brief publishing boom in the early 2000s, many magazines were closing. “They were like, Are you crazy? Why is it not just online?”