"Death of Print: The Last Print Edition", a bimonthly print of 'Newsweek covers' capturing time-stamped events throughout 2013, was conceived by the two artists upon announcement from Newsweek editor Tina Brown of their decision to discontinue print media for their internationally acclaimed publication that had been in print since 1933.
"Newsweek removes themselves and their reported content from being 'written in stone'," said Cory Allen. "It's going forward in reverse. In the digital realm, Newsweek will have the luxury to manipulate their original content to better serve future ratings."
AIS Editions, located in the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles and owned by McIntosh, will print and distribute a new issue of the 'Newsweek prints' on the 1st and 15th of every month. "Preservation of the printed medium for future generations is of vital importance," said McIntosh.
The 18" x 24" prints are individually handmade with selected content based on newsworthy topics that the artists feel are significant to publish; maintaining the thematic presence that Newsweek has attained with their past issues. The artists have gone as far as employing several members of the paparazzi and selected hackers to help acquire exclusive images and information to remain competitive with TIME, Wired, People, and other major magazines.
"People like information to be physical. They want to be smacked in the face by news," said XVALA. "I can't tell the difference between what's real or virtual. All news is just a picture you've never seen before."
Currently, the prints can only be purchased online; however, Cory Allen is working with several vendors and distributors to have the prints made available in local stores across the United States, alongside their competitor's issues. "We are aiming to make these prints easily accessible before this summer and I feel we are making progress," said Cory Allen.
The "Death of Print: The Last Print Edition" will be made available to the public at www.newsweekprints.com, where individuals may purchase individual issues or a full-year subscription.
"Death of Print: The Last Print Edition" by Ryan McIntosh and XVALA