The zine scene

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Anchorage Community Works will be hosting the city’s first ever zine fair on this Friday, November third from 8 – 11 p.m. Featuring a handful of talented photographers, the zine fair will be an opportunity to showcase different types of work from artists all over Anchorage. One of the photographers, Ryan Chernikoff, has been working to make this event happen for his photography and others’ as well.

Chernikoff, a long time photographer, has been interested in the field of work since his teens. He began working in film photography, and has continued with that primary focus since.

“When I started getting serious into photography a few years ago it was mostly as a means to manage mental health issues I deal with, including recovery from addiction. Photography to me is a way to practice mindfulness, it helps me to be present in the moment. Not regretting the past or dreading the future,” Chernikoff said.

Chernikoff’s current work is of photographs of the city at night. Buildings, both abandoned and in use, neon signs and people are just a few of the subjects that are found in his film photography. These images give an idea to what will be featured in his zines at Anchorage Community Works this Friday.

Having the idea to host a zine fair earlier in the year, Chernikoff has been working with Will Kozloff, president of Anchorage Community Works, to make this event happen. While the zine fair will feature many photographers, Chernikoff and Kozloff want to allow the opportunity of all mediums of art to be able to participate.

The opening night of the zine fair will feature live music from artist Nick Carpenter and bands Mixed Feelings and Brux. So far, artists Jay Cost, Allison Theriault, Jaybird Parkhurst, Danielle Morgan and Adan Hernandez will have zines alongside Chernikoff and Kozloff.

“This event is for anyone who would like to contribute their work in zine form, it doesn’t have to be photography. We just want people to have the opportunity to make their voices heard,” Chernikoff said.

With this being Anchorage’s first zine fair, Chernikoff has hopes for a future where these events occur more often, and on a larger scale. Since they are fairly easy to create with one’s artwork or photography, and in a relatively inexpensive format, Chernikoff would like this Friday’s zine fair to spark other people’s creativity to create their own for any further opportunities to host events like these.

“I believe that it is incredibly important that people speak up for what they believe in. My hope is that people are inspired to do that with the fair, in a constructive and non-violent way,” Chernikoff said.

Each artist’s zine will likely be shown at Anchorage Community Works for some time after the main event if they wish, but the only guarantee to see every single artist’s zine will be this Friday. The event will be an opportunity to speak with artists including Chernikoff about their zines and see their work come to life.