Autodidact Magazine is a twice yearly creative publication focused on telling personal stories around a common theme. In each issue we choose a topic, and invite thinkers and creators from around the world to deliver an honest and personal perspective guided by their own experiences.
Autodidact means 'a self-taught person'. They are often curious people with a diverse and eclectic set of interests.
In an overwhelmingly eclectic and interconnected digital world, it is becoming increasingly common that creative professionals move from discipline to discipline. The Internet has expanded the range of our interests and technology has made it easy for creatives to pick up new skills.
Inspired by this change, we felt there was a need for a magazine that tackles creative industries as one fluid cross-disciplinary field.
Autodidact features 120 pages of carefully selected and specially commissioned interviews, photo series, illustrations, art, design, fiction and observations.
Photography by James Perolls
James Perolls who shot our cover photo is himself an autodidact, and together with his image of the mysterious twins standing in their own reflections, he creates a curious front page that invites the readers to explore and to discover.
Conversation with Paloma Lanna
Paloma Wool is an exciting project about getting dressed; about how spaces and/or ideas are created around the act of getting dressed. We talked to Paloma Lanna about her collaboration with her friends and how they constantly challenge and re-interpret concepts into many wonderful forms.
How Camus and Sartre split up over the question of how to be free
Illustrated by Andrew Khosravani
In the wake of Second World War, the French existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus were close friends. Through their writing, Sartre and Camus hoped to guide this new France toward a more equitable future. But it was not to last. In 1952 they fell out bitterly. The disagreement between Camus and Sartre became the philosophical feud of the century. Why did it happen? And how could two such close friends become such unforgiving enemies?
Illustration by Jocelyn Tsaih
Jocelyn is a young and promising illustrator whose drawings take you to ambiguous yet somehow familiar scenarios. In our short but rewarding conversation she reflects on the connection between the tangible and the intangible. Her work skilfully highlights the tension between physical presence and emotional transience.
Are you living, or just existing, sweetheart?
Fiction by Jane Flett
“Are you living, or just existing, sweetheart? Do you count down the long days of the week as if they were hard granite rocks you had to chip away from a broken cliff face; do you cast them off as if they were trials and not just your life?” It took little convincing for us to include Jane Flett in our first issue. She is an award-winning writer with a daring approach to creation — her writing challenges the reader with an accomplished sense of clarity. Her moving ‘flash fiction’ makes us question the choices we make to rethink the personalities we have become.
Things that never really worked out — Most things
Interview with Richie Culver
Richie Culver's goal for creation is not chasing any particular result, but out of pure self-expression. In addition to his reputation as a brilliant artist, what we discovered was a highly personable and trusting character who did not shy away from difficult topics such as mental health, life as an outsider artist and “three crazy years in Berlin”.
By carefully studying and selecting a coterie of talents that produce exciting and original work from around the world we invite you to consume slower and better information. We value the printed matter and think that paper reflects the worth of the ideas on its pages. The tangible experience makes the difference between a communication online and one that endures and sits on the table.
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