An Interview with Igor Termenon of Girls on Film Zine

 

Girls on Film is a contemporary photography zine edited by Igor Termenon which showcases portraits taken with film cameras.  Igor Termenon was born in northern Spain and currently lives in Edinburgh (UK). He works in digital marketing and spends most of his free time shooting editorials for the likes of Vice, Contributor Magazine and TenMag, as well as editing his film photography zines Girls on Film and Boys on Film.

When did the first issue of Girls on Film come out?  
The first issue came out in March 2011. 

When did the first issue of boys on film come out?
After I released the first two issues of Girls on Film I decided to give it a try and see if a Boys issue would work. People really liked it so I decided to go on publishing it every two Girls issues.  After the last Boys issue came out last month, I’ve decided that I’m going to alternate between girls and boys every month.

What made you want to make zines?
When I made the first issue I was studying in Liverpool and wasn’t taking too many photos, so I decided to start the project and, at least, keep myself entertained with something related to photography. I had always been interested in the editorial side of photography so thought about trying to put something together and came up with Girls on Film.

Where do you find your photographers? how do you choose what to feature?
Facebook is a great place to find new photographers. I think most of us are friends there and it’s easy to see people’s work and find exciting things. 
When the zine started it was me who messaged the photographers and asked for pictures. Right now, I still do that sometimes but most of the photos included in the zine come from people that have submitted their work.
It’s hard to choose the final selection of photographers that are going to be featured in Girls on Film.  Sometimes photographers ask me: What are you looking for? And, to be honest, I really don’t know what to answer and tell them to check the past issues so they can get an idea of the aesthetics of Girls on Film.I guess it is a combination of several factors, including the quality, the model or even just the moment captured in the photo.

What is the best part of running an independent magazine?
I think it’s the satisfaction you feel after finishing every new issue.  I also get very nice emails and comments on Facebook and I guess that shows you’re doing a good job in some kind of way.

What is the worst part of running an independent magazine?
It takes lots of time. I’m currently working full-time and most of my free time goes to Girls on Film. Sometimes people don’t realize the amount of time and effort it requires, but apart from that, I think it’s all good things.

How do you see your titles developing in the future?
I really want to do something new, I have some ideas in mind but they’re still not developed, so I’m going to wait and see if I can finally implement them.

What else have you been working on lately?
I’ve been shooting some fashion editorials and have done a street style series in Glasgow for New York Magazine that should be published in the next few weeks.

Apart from that, I’ve been reviewing a new zine every Sunday on my blog. I think I started in November last year and it’s become pretty popular!

Favorite photographers pro or not right now…?
I always mention Tim Barber and Cass Bird as two of my favourite photographers. I also like Michael Hauptman´s work.

Igor’s personal site: www.igortermenon.com
Girls on Film: www.girlsonfilmzine.co.uk
Girls on Film FB
Girls on Film Twitter

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