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Try Hard Magazine is a free online photography publication that's primarily focused on Australian and New Zealand based image makers.
Try Hard Magazine is a free online photography publication that's primarily focused on Australian and New Zealand based image makers.
61 backers pledged AU$ 3,695 to help bring this project to life.

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www.tryhardmagazine.com

Try Hard Magazine is a free online photo-based journal founded and co-curated by Sydney photographers Benjamin Chadbond and Patrick Mason.

Published quarterly it is dedicated to showcasing the work of both Australian and international photographers and image-based practitioners living and working in the country.

Alongside the image-based content the publication facilitates a critical photographic discourse commissioning writers, critics and academics to contribute original written content in the form of short essays, interviews and reviews.

Try Hard Magazine - Issues 1 to 5.
Try Hard Magazine - Issues 1 to 5.

With the support of this Kickstarter campaign, in 2015 Try Hard Magazine will publish four new exciting issues opening the doors to include work from its neighbours just over the pond in New Zealand.

But to continue publishing outstanding work and to stay true to its vision to further the magazine's reach beyond our shores Try Hard Magazine needs your help!

Up until this point the free online publication has only been made possible thanks to the constant support of the artists and writers involved. As the publication progresses into this new phase of its existence Try Hard Magazine is turning to the readers for support.

With these funds the publication will be able to pay the contributors who provide the magazine with new and original content.

Issue 5, Featuring - Trent Parke, Amelia Groom, Christopher Stewart and Mohini Chandra, Sarah Mosca, Kristian Häggblom, Deb Mansfield, Naomi Riddle and Kent Buchanan.
Issue 5, Featuring - Trent Parke, Amelia Groom, Christopher Stewart and Mohini Chandra, Sarah Mosca, Kristian Häggblom, Deb Mansfield, Naomi Riddle and Kent Buchanan.

We are asking our readers, our passionate supporters to donate any amount they can afford. Any amount!  -  For us every little bit counts!!!

In true Try Hard community spirit we have been so fortunate that a number of artists, writers, publishers, and printers have donated to this campaign so that we may be able to offer you - our readers - something in return for your donation and commitment to our vision. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Wouter Van de Voorde, Dan and Justine at Perimeter Books/ Editions in Melbourne, Louis Porter, Rob and the team at Rainoff Publishing, Jacob Raupach, Pedro Ramos, Harvey Benge, Sean Davey and the Photography Room, Kristian Laemmle-Ruff, Emma Phillips and Pixel Perfect in Sydney for their continued support. 

Our hope is that with your support we may be able to continue to offer Try Hard Magazine for free, pursue our vision and nurture the local photographic community.

Thank you to all who get involved - Cheers,
Benjamin and Patrick

Pledge Pack # 13 - $300 or more

Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive Tour w/ Daniel Boetker Smith
(Donate by Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive)

1 hr personal tour of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive in Fitzroy, Melbourne - with unlimited access to all of its 500+ books - with founding director Daniel Boetker Smith.

+ + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

The Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive (APPA) is not-for-profit physical archive of self-published and independent photobooks. The APPA is a response to the boom in photographic self-publishing globally and is established to provide a ‘real’ way to see photobooks that would otherwise only be viewable online. Find out more on their website here.



Pledge Pack # 12 - $200 or more

Wouter Van de Voorde x Try Hard Print Editions
(Donated by the artist and Pixel Perfect)

16" x 20" Edition of 10, signed and numbered Wouter Van de Voorde digital c-type print with accompanying text by Kuba Dorabialski. Printed by Pixel Perfect in Sydney.

+ + Try Hard / Try Harder Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

"The days of the week are not as contingent and manufactured as we're lead to believe. Their names correspond directly to the phenomenology of being-in-that-day. Some people are very attuned to the particular resonances of each of the week's days. To these people, Sundays feel only like Sundays. A Tuesday cannot really be mistaken for a Thursday. These people, should they find themselves awaking from a protracted coma, look around their hospital room and they know, after a few elemental seconds, what day of the week they've woken into. How do they do it? It's partly the light, partly the viscosity of the atmosphere. It's impossible to pin down. The clues are legion, yet each woefully inadequate on its own. Amazingly, each of these clues is potentially transferable through photography. A person who is attuned to the week days and their particular particulars can determine on which day of the week a photograph would have been taken. Generally, this is background information; data peripheral to the photograph itself. But in Wouter Van de Voorde's photograph, the day of the week is the central subject. The lemons and table are extras. This photograph was taken on a Tuesday." - KUBA DORABIALSKI

PLEDGE PACK # 11 - $100 or more

Perimeter Editions Book Pack - 4 Books
(Donated by Perimeter Books)


1. Georgia Hutchison & Arini Byng - Moved Objects
2. Polly Borland - You
3. Gifts from David McDiarmid
4. Composite Journal #1/2013 edited by Jan Kempenaers

+ + Try Hard / Try Harder Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.


PLEDGE PACK # 10 - $100 or more

Signed Book Pack Two - 3 Books
(Donated by the artists)


1. Emma Phillips - SALT (Signed)
2. Kristian Laemmle-Ruff's - In The Folds of Hills (Signed)
3. Sean Davey - Same Player Shoots Again

+ + Try Hard / Try Harder Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

PLEDGE PACK # 9 - $100 or more

M.33 Publishing Book Pack - 3 Books
(Donated by M.33)

1. Jo Grant - All Prize Winners Paraded2. Janina Green - Blush: Photographs 1988-20103. Peter Milne - When Nature Forgets

+ + Try Hard / Try Harder Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

PLEDGE PACK # 8 - $100 or more

M.33 Publishing Book Pack - 3 Books
(Donated by M.33)

1. Darren Sylvester - Compass Point
2. Jane Burton - Other Stories
3. Simon Terrill - Proscenium

+ + Try Hard / Try Harder Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

PLEDGE PACK # 7 - $75 or more

Rainoff Publishing Book Pack - 2 Books
(Donated by Rainoff Books)

1. Samuel Hodge - Pretty Telling I Suppose
2. Conor O'Brien - The Passed Note

+ + Try Hard / Try Harder Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

PLEDGE PACK # 6 - $50 or more

Jackson Eaton Melfies T-Shirt Pack
(Donated by the artist)

1. Medium size Jackson Eaton Melfie t-shirt (Print chosen at random)

+ + Try Hard / Try Harder Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.


PLEDGE PACK # 5 - $50 or more

Signed Book Pack One - 2 Books
(Donated by the artists)

1. Pedro Ramos - ILHA (Signed)
2. Jacob Raupach - RADIATA (Signed)

+ + Try Hard / Try Harder Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

PLEDGE PACK # 4 - $40 or more

Louis Porter Book Pack - 2 Books
(Donated by the artist)

1. Louis Porter - Conflict Resolution
2. Louis Porter - The Anatomy of Business

+ + Try Hard / Try Harder Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

PLEDGE PACK # 3 - $40 or more

Harvey Benge Book Pack - 2 Books
(Donated by the artist)

1. Harvey Benge - A Short History of Photography with foreword by Gerry Badger

2. Harvey Benge - A Guide to Modern Living

+ + Try Hard / Try Harder Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

PLEDGE PACK # 2 - $25 or more 

Try Hard / Try Harder Limited Edition Tote Bag
Screenprinted logo on white canvas
11.5 x 14 x 4 in. / 29 x 36 x 10 cm.

PLEDGE PACK # 1 - $10 or more

Virtual high-fives, our eternal gratitude and your name and link on the supporters page of tryhardmagazine.com 

1 hr personal tour of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive in Prahran, Melbourne - with unlimited access to all its books - with founder and director Daniel Boetker Smith.

+ + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

The Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive (APPA) is not-for-profit physical archive of self-published and independent photobooks. The APPA is a response to the boom in photographic self-publishing globally and is established to provide a ‘real’ way to see photobooks that would otherwise only be viewable online. Find out more on their website here.

Risks and challenges

How much are we trying to raise and why?

We are trying to raise $2,500 through Kickstarter although, this is just a 'bare bones' estimate of what we'll need to see out the next 12 - 18 months. How much we eventually raise will dictate how much freedom with have in the next issues to commission new work. All money raised will be returned directly to artists and writers to see the creation of new work for the magazine.

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    [LOUIS PORTER BOOK PACK - 2 BOOKS]
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    [HARVEY BENGE BOOK PACK - 2 BOOKS] 1 copy of both 'A Short History of Photography' with foreword by Gerry Badger and 'A Guide to Modern Living' + + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

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    [SIGNED BOOK PACK ONE - 2 BOOKS] 1 signed copy of Pedro Ramos' 'ILHA' and 1 signed copy of Jacob Raupach's 'RADIATA' + + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

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    [JACKSON EATON MELFIE T-SHIRT - SIZE MEDIUM]

    Limited edition Jackson Eaton Melfie t-shirt printed on scoop-neck, white cotton. There are 7 different images which will be shipped at random. Everyone loves a game of chance right? All t-shirts are size Medium + + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

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    [RAINOFF PUBLISHING BOOK PACK - 2 BOOKS] 1 copy of Samuel Hodge's 'Pretty Telling I Suppose' and 1 copy of Conor O'Brien's 'The Passed Note' + + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

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    [SIGNED BOOK PACK TWO - 3 BOOKS] 1 signed copy of Emma Phillips' 'SALT', 1 signed copy of Kristian Laemmle-Ruff's 'In The Folds of Hills' and 1 copy of Sean Davey's 'Same Player Shoots Again' + + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

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    [PERIMETER EDITIONS BOOK PACK - 4 BOOKS] 1 copy of Hutchinson & Byng's 'Moved Objects', 1 copy of Polly Borland's 'You', 1 copy of 'Gifts from David McDiarmid' and 1 copy of 'Composite Journal #1/2013' + + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

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    [M.33 BOOK PACK ONE - 3 BOOKS] 1 copy of Jo Grant's 'All Prize Winners Paraded', 1 copy of Janina Green's 'Blush' and 1 copy of Peter Milne's 'When Nature Forgets' + + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

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    [M.33 BOOK PACK TWO - 3 BOOKS] 1 copy of Darren Sylvester's 'Compass Point', 1 copy of Jane Burton's 'Other Stories' and 1 copy of Simon Terrill's 'Proscenium' + + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

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    [WOUTER VAN DE VOORDE SIGNED & NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION PRINT]
    16" x 20" signed, limited edition digital c-type print made exclusively for Try Hard Magazine and printed by Pixel Perfect. Accompanying the print is an exclusive text on the image written by writer/artist Kuba Dorabialski + + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

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    [1 HR PERSONAL TOUR & UNLIMITED ACCESS TO THE ASIA-PACIFIC PHOTOBOOK ARCHIVE IN MELBOURNE WITH DIRECTOR DANIEL BOETKER SMITH]

    A personal tour or the archive - with unlimited access to all the books for one hour - with its founder and director Daniel Boetker Smith + + 'Try Hard / Try Harder' Limited Edition Tote Bag and your name and link added to the supporters page of our site.

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