Art & Photography

The Low Down: Dogme Magazine

Libraryman’s Tony Cederteg and editor Katherine Clary on their new film focused publication

Film is a moving medium, quite literally. It’s about people playing roles on camera; stories are told through plot lines and characters. It might just be two dimensional, but it’s able to convey messages and – more importantly – feelings on several levels. Magazines lack that, there’s no way they can compete with that sense of movement and emotion.

The challenge for a film magazine is to translate that onto its pages, to bring the same silver screen magic alive through print presses and old school ink. Many have tried, few have succeed. But Dogme Magazine, a new Swedish and New York based publication launched by Stockholm’s Libraryman, is trying to do just that. The aim is to take a “closer look through the creative lens of film, fashion, and photography, presenting lucid portraits of our favorite creative subjects through original conversations with industry and non-industry alike”. Creative Director and Libraryman head honcho Tony Cederteg and his Editor in chief, Katherine Clary, are hellbent on producing quality over quantity. Published irreguarly, Dogme sets out to do what a good film does: tell interesting stories in a beautiful way.

David Hellqvist: What is Dogme?

Katherine Clary: Dogme is a magazine published by Libraryman featuring photography and words with people in the film industry. But really, we will use this magazine to talk about a broad spectrum of things we’re collectively interested in – namely, film, fashion, and photography.

David: Why start a magazine now?

Katherine: Due to three reasons; the challenge, the void and necessity for such a unique printed matter, and the beauty of joint creation.

David: Who’s contributed?

Katherine: Martien Mulder, Bettina Sorg, Jonas Mekas, Nicholas Haggard, Anders Edström, Ola Rindal, Henry Roy, Adam Saletti, Hanayo Nakajima, Jason Lee Rhyno, Takashi Homma, Junsuke Yamasaki, Linus Bill, Adrien Horni, Osamu Yokonami, Todd Jordan, Sanna Helena Berger, Torbjørn Rødland, Simon Mercer.

David: What’s the purpose of the publication?

Katherine: Mostly to have a reason to talk to and feature the people we admire most. We’re not trying to teach anyone the history of film or have a critical dialogue about film theory – but there’s definitely a time and place for that, too. We’re interested in showing/sharing what we’re interested in, intellectual or not.

David: Have you got any favourite pieces?

Katherine: I love the passion and playfulness in the responses of So Yong-Kim and Bradley Rust Gray. They are true filmmakers and creatives: unafraid, curious, and thoughtful.

Tony Cederteg: I find the utterly cinematic photo series Assembly by Japanese photographer Osamu Yokonami a personal favourite, as well as the behind-the-scenes feature photographed by Martien Mulder on the set of M. Blash’s feature Lying with its remarkable cast of Chloë Sevigny, Jena Malone, Leelee Sobieski etc.

Dogme Magazine launches on February 17, 2014