December 2021 will be our last monthly issue for the foreseeable future. We will continue to post images from past issues on social media. We will continue to publish special projects from time to time, so please contact us if you wish to collaborate. If you have already submitted images, we will consider them for possible inclusion in future publications.
All of our photography equipment is for sale. The current inventory is here: photo-equipment.pdf
We will update this list as items sell. We sold the Sony α7R III camera body almost immediately; the 50 mm lens and other accessories are available, as are the Aputure video lights, softboxes, umbrellas, tripod, stands, shot bags, background paper and many other items. Please us if you are interested in learning more.
All issues are available for purchase. Most were originally published online through the print-on-demand service MagCloud.com. We also offer copies printed by local Portland printer Symbiosis Printing, which has even better print quality than MagCloud, but those must be ordered from us directly. A free digital version of most issues is also available from MagCloud.com, either to view online or download as a PDF file. Special editions and Symbiosis Printing regular editions may not be immediately available; it is more economical to accumulate orders, to be able to print significant numbers of copies at one time.
Issue 32 is a special editorial edition, inspired by the 2013 vampire movie “Only Lovers Left Alive” (available to stream on Prime or Youtube). We had a great time shooting at the fabulous Shafer Baillie Mansion in Seattle. It was our first attempt at an issue intended solely as an editorial.
Models (The Vampires) - Sarah Hanson, Brady Ladwig (NW Model Managment)
Photos - New Illusions Photo (Melanie Jackson & Bruce Girton)
Styling - Illusions by Melanie
MUAH - Illusions by Melanie
Printing - Symbiosis Printing
Retouch Assist - Joe Leitch, Mark Fitzgerald
Editing Assist - Kimberly Carman, Michelle Shyman
Special thanks to: Ling Hu, Duchess Copeland, Hannah DiMo, Barb Ryberg
If you would like to buy a copy of Issue 32, please us. We had it printed locally, by Symbiosis Printing. If you live near Portland, OR, we can arrange for you can pick it up from us directly. Otherwise, we will ship it to you. If you want to see what's in it, we can arrange to show it to you, but we have posted all the images to Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter, so you can look at it immediately there.
Issue 28 is the Second Annual Retrospective issue, containing the best images from issues 17 to 27. It was printed locally, by Symbiosis Printing. We were very pleased with the quality of the printing. The first print run sold out. We're planning on printing a second run. To purchase a copy, please us.
Issue 16 is the First Annual Retrospective issue, containing the best images from issues 1 to 15. We originally printed a hardcover version through IngramSpark, a huge global printer and distributor. Bookstores can still obtain it from them, but the first run we ordered for ourselves has sold out. Later, we also published a soft cover version on MagCloud, which is still available for purchase. We're planning to print a third, even better version through Symbiosis Printing. To purchase a copy of this third version, please us.
Most regular issues are immediately available to view or purchase online through the print-on-demand service MagCloud. You can browse annual collections for 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018 on MagCloud, or click on the desired issue in the carousel below to be taken directly to the MagCloud page for that issue.
Wherever you are in the world and whoever you are, please share your unpublished fashion and beauty photos and artwork or other content with us.
After our 36th issue, December 2021, we will be taking a break, at least for a while. We still want to hear from you and see your images. Just be aware that our plans are changing. We don't know exactly what's next for us. We like doing special editions and coffee table books. Maybe we'll focus on that sort of thing for a while. If you have questions or comments, please us.
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TearSheet PDX (TSPDX) is a magazine about beauty, fashion, style, design, art, and creative people. Our aim is to offer a supportive, curated publishing outlet, for all artists inspired to create beauty, art, and style in fashion.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why publish a print magazine? On the internet, even the most amazing work can become lost and forgotten in the constant flood of new images or the complexity of the system. In contrast, a printed magazine is durable, gives artistic works context, and anchors them in time and space. People can keep a printed magazine forever and take pride in it. Print-on-demand magazines represent a niche between traditional mass-produced, mass-marketed print media and the democratization, transience, and anonymity of the internet.
What is TSPDX? In addition to the attractive paper format, TSPDX has a social media presence on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, and Alignable, and offers free electronic access to all its content through MagCloud.com, in web-viewer and downloadable PDF formats.
Why do we publish TSPDX? Simply because we enjoy doing it. TSPDX began as a personal project and is privately owned, not a corporation. Initially, we looked at configuring TSPDX as a not-for-profit organization, but we discovered that this would have been too difficult. We make no money from TSPDX.
Who do we work with? We enjoy building relationships with talented, inspired photographers, artists, and other creatives from all over the world. We interact directly and personally with all of our collaborators, contributors, and supporters. We are grateful to be assisted with the publication process by a few friends who have volunteered to help us with editorial decisions and proofreading. Until the start of the pandemic, we produced many images ourselves, but we had to almost completely stop shooting for more than a year. We are looking forward to beginning to shoot again in the very near future. TSPDX welcomes everyone who chooses to contribute, collaborate, or support us, irrespective of where they live, where their remote ancestors may have lived, how they identify themselves, or whom they love.
Where is TSPDX located? Portland, Oregon, USA... so far.
We do not yet offer a subscription service, though we'd like to. If you think you might be interested in a subscription someday, please us. We'll add your name to the list of potential customers.
In general, we neither charge for nor pay for reviewing images and other content, for giving feedback, or for photography, makeup, hair design, styling, organizing shoots, or other activities performed in pursuit of publishing the magazine. At our present stage of development, we have adopted a "stone soup" business model, where we aim for an end product that is more valuable than the sum of the individual parts. We hope our contributors and collaborators will always view the publication itself as fair trade for their efforts at producing content.
Printed copies of most issues can be purchased online through MagCloud.com, printed on demand and shipped directly to the customer. The process takes about a week, varying with the method of shipping you select. When you visit the MagCloud web site to place an order, you will have the opportunity to preview the magazine, at no cost, before you purchase. After you click the "Buy Print" button, you will automatically be offered the digital version (in PDF file format) at no additional charge. (If you prefer to download the free digital version only, choose the "Buy Digital" or "Add to Digital Library" button.) We enthusiastically encourage you to purchase the printed version of our magazine. We invest significant time, effort, and money in publishing the magazine every month, and we really do appreciate your support! The MagCloud edition of the magazine is printed on 80-pound semi-glossy acid-free FSC-certified paper using industrial HP Indigo digital presses and is "perfect" bound. They look fabulous on a coffee table, make great gifts, and with a little care, will last a lifetime. More recently, we have begun offering each edition in even better print quality, produced by a local business, Symbiosis Printing. These can be purchased directly from us, and we do ship within North America (Shipping outside the USA and Canada is more expensive and difficult.)
We are conscious that small volume or print-on-demand publications are significantly more costly than traditional offset-printed publications. We would like to lower the cost if the demand increases to the point where it becomes feasible to do so. We have identified offset printing and fulfillment services that could produce and distribute larger quantities at lower cost.
We order a few copies of the magazine every month for distribution to our local Portland readers. We'd like to offer our magazine through local retail outlets. If you're interested in selling our magazine, please us.
We welcome inquiries regarding submitting articles. We are interested in publishing articles relevant to fashion, beauty, design, and the arts. This may include biographical articles or interviews with people who are active in these areas. Articles should be discussed with us before submission. We accept articles as Microsoft Word or compatible text files, together with any included images in JPG file format (preferably at 300 dpi resolution at the intended print size.) Text other than the title will generally be printed in the Century Gothic typeface in 10 or 11 point font size. Article text and images may edited, re-sized, and re-formatted.
We welcome inquiries about advertisements. In exchange for full page advertisements, we generally ask for about $250, which helps to defray a small fraction of the operating costs of the magazine. We appreciate your support! Please us for more information.
Terms and Conditions
Legal Permission to Publish Content
Artists own the copyrights to their creations, photographers own the copyrights to their photographs, authors own the copyrights to their writing. We need the copyright owners' permission to publish other people's content, and to share it to promote their content and our magazine. We ask that you grant us an unlimited, non-exclusive license to publish and share the content, in writing. ("Non-exclusive" means that the copyright owner still owns the content and all other rights to it.)
We prefer to receive scanned or photographed images of handwritten wet-ink signatures on paper documents, to us or shared along with the content.
For photographers and other creators, we offer an agreement that our attorney has already reviewed: TearSheet PDX Photographer Release Form. Please download, print, sign and date it, and send us a scan or photo with your submission.
If you are NOT the creator or photographer of content you submit, then we ask that you provide us with a scan or photo of a suitable document, signed by the copyright owner, with that person's contact information, giving you permission to grant us an unlimited, non-exclusive license to publish and share the content.
If there are models in any image you submit, we understand you represent that the models (and, as applicable, their agents and/or parents or legal guardians) have given their written consent that they be photographed for publication, and that they have no expectations of any kind from us. We ask that you provide us with scanned images of any necessary written consent. We offer a model release form for your convenience: Tearsheet PDX Model Release Form.
For our own legal protection, please do not submit any content unless you fully intend to grant permission, and have the right to do so. We respect the rights of copyright owners, and would never purposely publish anything without their consent. However, we do realize that misunderstandings and mistakes can happen, despite good faith on both sides. We are not willing to assume any legal or financial liability. Therefore, if you submit any content to us for publication without a signed copy of our photographer release form or equivalent, the following terms will apply: We understand that you understand that we do not pay for the use of content. We understand that, by submitting content, you agree to grant us an unlimited, non-exclusive right to publish and share the content ("non-exclusive" means that the copyright owner still owns the content and all other rights to it.) We understand that you represent you have the legal right to submit the content for publication, either because you are the copyright owner or because the copyright owner has given you written permission. If the content includes images of models, we understand that you represent that the models (and, as applicable, their agents and/or parents or legal guardians) have given their written consent to be photographed for publication, and that they have no expectations of us. We understand that you agree not to sue us. We understand that you agree to hold us harmless in any dispute arising from the publication or sharing of this content. We understand that you understand that we do not promise to publish anything you submit, nor do we promise to publish any content you submit in unaltered form. An individual signed agreement granting us permission to publish and share the submitted content would supersede these terms, of course.
If you have questions or comments about any of this, please discuss them with us.
Once we have informed you that we have accepted images or other content for publication, we expect the content will not be shared or published elsewhere until AFTER we have published it ourselves. This is not a legal issue, but it's still important to us. For obvious reasons, we prefer to publish images and other content that have not been previously seen by the public. Posting, sharing,or publication of closely related content also should be discussed with us in advance. We may be willing to make exceptions for content that has seen limited exposure and/or has outstanding merit, provided that we discuss this with you in advance. If we discover that the content has been posted, shared or published elsewhere, prior to publication and without our knowledge, we may decide to withdraw the content from the printed magazine and related electronic media.
Unlike other publications that insist upon a post-publication delay, all content that we accept for publication may be posted, shared, or published on electronic social media immediately after the TearSheet PDX issue is published. We enthusiastically encourage and sincerely appreciate your efforts in posting, sharing and re-publishing the content any time after the initial publication. We ask only that credit is given to TearSheet PDX and, as far as practical, all artists who contributed to the production of an image. Links and tags on social media are especially appreciated.
We will generally notify you within a week whether your submission is accepted. If it is not, we will reply to you with a statement as to why your images were not accepted.
Please submit your complete contact and social media information: name, address, email, phone, website, Instagram page, Facebook page, etc.
We ask that you supply credits for clothing and accessory designers or retail outlets, models and modeling agencies, makeup and hair artists, stylists, photographers, and other contributors. We ask for Facebook and Instagram social media handles, web sites, or equivalent information.
In general, we do not ask that your submissions fit any particular theme.
In general, after our editors have finished their review, we share images of all the pages of the magazine with our contributors and collaborators before publication. We request that you do not share these images with anyone until after the publication date. We will request that everyone review their contributions, checking the spelling, credits, Instagram handles and other information, and inform us of any changes needed. The deadline will be stated in the email, and is usually a couple of days later. Please be sure to return all changes by the deadline. After the deadline has passed, we will begin the publication process; once a hard copy printing order has been submitted (which we usually do at least a week before the publication date), the printing process does not allow us to make any changes to that order. The magazine is usually published on the first of the month, and becomes available to purchase or download through this web site at that time.
As we have a focus on fashion, style, and design, we are primarily interested in images of people that involve clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. We sincerely believe that all forms of art have their place in the world, and we acknowledge that beauty takes many forms. However, in consideration of the varying sensitivities of our readership, we are cautious about publishing images that contain nudity or implied nudity. We have included a few truly outstanding images showing more than the usual amount of skin, because we felt they were in excellent taste.
We do not like to decline any submission. When we do, the reasons are many and varied. Sometimes an image does not fit well with other content. Sometimes we get too many good submissions at one time, and simply do not have enough space to fit all of them without making the magazine prohibitively lengthy and expensive. Sometimes our editorial board decides that an image does not meet their aesthetic standards. Quality, technical, or artistic issues may include photography, lighting, makeup and hair artistry, models, or retouching. Try though we may, we sometimes can't perfectly articulate the reasons for rejecting a particular work. Please don't take a rejection personally, and please don't give up! Please keep in mind that less than one in a hundred of the images we create ourselves are ever published.
We may accept some of your images or other content, and decline some. Again, it's nothing personal, it's just part of the editorial process.
We do publish some editorial stories. More often, we prefer that each image of a particular model should have a different look, meaning different clothing and/or makeup and hair. If multiple images of one look are submitted, we may decide to publish only one of them. Feel free to discuss your creative intentions with us in advance.
Full-sized high quality images are large, so more than a few won't fit in a single email message. To submit more than a few images, please upload the files to a cloud sharing service, such as WeTransfer, Google Drive or Dropbox. Please share them via a link to our . We prefer to review only full resolution, completely finished images. For monthly issues, our entire publication cycle is only about four weeks, not the several months typical for traditional large-scale monthly or quarterly publications, so the amount of time we have to prepare for publication is limited.
If you have any questions or concerns, please us.