112 Years Zine by Marcus Drinkwater
4pp Cover onto 200gsm Uncoated
Matt Lamination to outer
36pp Text onto 120gsm Uncoated
Four colour print throughout
Trimmed, collated and wire stitched
Choosing 200gsm for the cover of your photo zine means the cover sits neater on the text block. 300gsm can be too rigid so 200gsm is a handy choice. 40 pages is the max we recommend for stapled zines.
Painting those thousand words in picture form, this collection of imagery by photographer Marcus Drinkwater is a celebration of West Ham United’s final term at their famous Upton Park. A home that personified the character of the club, it’s a footballing spirit bottled and banked as the club ups sticks, now residing at the London Stadium.
More of a state of mind for the fans that called The Boelyn Ground home for many a lifetime, this series of poignant shots wrap up the raw realism that football can often possess. This engaging photography series is a prime example. Cling on to the memories, the whiff of cigarette smoke and the constant buzz of the burger van generator ― they’re synonymous to the fans’ match day experience.
One tattoo leading to the next, the claret of West Ham is an infectious colour that instantly drops you into the heart of East London. Capturing night and day, fans old and young and an array of emotions as the club sign off one chapter and embark on the next, it’s beautifully done.
Another successful kickstarter campaign helped this publication reach print. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1259866147/112-years-of-upton-park-0
Marcus’ successful story on kickstarter was:
112 Years is a “match day program” documenting West Ham United’ last season at the iconic Boylen Ground. Shot over the course of last season by documentary photographer Marcus Drinkwater, “112 Years” includes 30 colour photographs looking intimately at both the stadium and the fans.
You can’t manufacture community or build unity; it’s something that comes with time, over 100 years in this case. The blood runs claret and blue over in the East End and its streets deafened by the roar of over 35’000, soon to be silenced.
“112 Years” follows an event that will soon end, match day at Upton Park. 112 Years is an intimate documentation of a place and community brought together by one passion, soon to be altered indefinitely by London’s unstoppable redevelopment. With West Ham United’s move to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium in the summer comes Upton Parks eventual demolishment, leaving an area of East London steeped in tradition quite.
From East Ham Working Men’s Club to the Boleyn Pub on the corner of Green Street there is no telling the effect the move will have. If one thing is certain, it is the sense of togetherness that has been forged over a century, the sadness of leaving and the optimism for the future. Uncertain times lay ahead for the fans of West Ham United, they have known good times and bad over the years, players and managers come and go. Through all this has been the ground, standing like the ironworks the club was once founded on. 112 Years follows match day at the Boleyn, for one last season.