Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make ZinesBranden W. Joseph and Drew Sawyer with additional contributors

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‘Excellent.’ – The New Yorker

The first publication dedicated to artists' zines in North America, a revelatory exploration of an unexamined but thriving aesthetic practice

Copy Machine Manifestos captures the rich history of artists' zines as never before, placing them in the lineage of the visual arts and exploring their vibrant growth over the past five decades.

Fully illustrated with hundreds of zine covers and interiors, alongside work in other media, such as painting, photography, film, video, and performance, the book also features brief biographies for more than 100 zine-makers including Beverly Buchanan, Mark Gonzales, G.B. Jones, Miranda July, Bruce LaBruce, Terence Koh, LTTR, Ari Marcopoulos, Mark Morrisroe, Raymond Pettibon, Brontez Purnell, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Kandis Williams.

Accompanying a major exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, this expansive book, bound as a paperback with a separate jacket, focuses on zines from North America, celebrating how artists have harnessed the medium's essential role in community building and transforming material and conceptual approaches to making art across all media since 1970. 


  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 270 × 200 mm (10 5/8 × 7 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 448 pp
  • Illustrations: 800 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838667085

Branden W. Joseph is Frank Gallipoli Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University.

Drew Sawyer is the Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art (formerly Phillip and Edith Leonian Curator of Photography, Brooklyn Museum). 

With contributions by: Gwen Allen, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Tavia Nyong’o, Alexis Salas, and Mimi Thi Nguyen.

Gold Medal Winner for Fine Art from the Independent Publishers Book Awards

‘Excellent.’ – The New Yorker

'Enriched by concise biographies of 100 artists and a wealth of images, this masterfully brings a lesser-explored vein of popular culture to light.’ – Publishers Weekly

'An expansive look at the ways in which zines helped shape creative practices and communities.' – Huck Magazine