Optiko is a not-for-profit volunteer project, run to promote both

analogue photography and amateur photographers.


Our 2018 Journal has sold out following a successful Kickstarter project to fund it earlier that year.


We felt we had outgrown the format of our previous publications with the number of submissions exceeding the available space the zines offered. It also gave us a chance to refresh things a little, try something different and perhaps make a few more people aware of what we do.


For a long time we wanted Optiko to grow, the publications to get chunkier, and to offer something more substantial to our readers. We hope the journals will be something readers will want to pick up time and time again.


The 2018 Journal includes: Andy Mellor revisits and photographs his childhood places, Lucy Wainwright talks to us and shares her work behind the She Shoots Film project. Rhian Claydon explores a monochromatic Icleand and Danny Rowton takes us on a twilight urban crawl in his Nightshift series. Sophie Sherwood throws a spotlight on the people behind the Cube Microplex project in Bristol and a photo essay from Shivam Thapa, who has captured some perceptive images of those people working the brick kilns in Nepal. Not to mention some pinhole loveliness courtesy of Marko Umicevic and a whole lot more besides.


Journal Specifics:

Size: A5 (148x210mm)

Pages: 276 + Cover.

Material - Inside Pages: Silk, 170gsm

Material - Cover: Silk, 350gsm, Soft Touch Lamination.

Spine Width: 23mm

Weight: Approx. 700g


The second Journal is currently being put together.