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Meet Nick Garcia of Nighted

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Garcia.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 2011, I started making my own Xerox zines of old disposable shots, stories and other weird stuff I scanned, just trying a new creative outlet. I met a lot of people through trading zines, then I started pooling together their photos and writing to make a group zine. I put that out under the name Nighted and it began to attract more like-minded people that were doing similar things. It’s gradually grown into more of a photography collective and a platform for us.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nah, the whole thing is an ongoing struggle. As a whole, printed media/publishing is on the decline. There’s little to no money in it, so it’s become a novelty for people who are trying to make money, and a labor of love for the rest of us. I’d like to think that makes our supporters value our stuff more, but who knows. I make it work because it keeps me creative and gives me the stuff to look forward to.

Please tell us about Nighted.
Nighted is a publishing house/photography collective. We also design and print high-quality zines for other photographers and artists.

I’m proud that we can show people other worlds, things that happen below the surface. I always say that we showcase “the things that happen when the world’s not watching”. I look for photos that document things that may be labeled as negative, in personal, non-exploitative and sometimes (dark) humorous ways.

What sets Nighted apart is that it’s all gritty, it’s bottled at the source and honest. We take that and present it in a quarterly magazine format, up there with all the big time publications. I think the contrast between our rough content and the care we take in presenting it well makes us different.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
So many things. I’ve made every formatting/printing/interpersonal relationship mistake imaginable. If I could start over, I’d make decisions based on what I want Nighted to be and I’d ignore any compromises or poor decisions I’ve made just to get us more notoriety.

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