The Archive of Modern Conflict is a collection of oddities (mostly photographic) pulled together from diverse sources by a very clever group of quirky collectors in the UK. As the subject areas of the collection expand, they intertwine to reveal unexpected stories about the nature of our world.

Amc2 is a brand new journal that digs into the collection to present a not-quite-random confluence of bizarre artifacts.

For example, Issue 1 features time travel, cranio-restorative surgery, Belgian dog carts, hand-painted Indian portraits (shown here in Lens Culture), cake recipes, masked wrestling, early French pornography, illustrated promotional cards for cigarettes, and much more. 

What's so great about the people behind this ever-growing eclectic collection, is that they allow the reader to discover threads of connections between, say, hand-tinted Indian portraits from the early 1900s and the garish colors of Bollywood movie posters and something as esoteric as a Rock Hudson paper doll kit with a variety of kitschy hand-colored outfits for that movie star from the 1950s and 1960s.

If you like to celebrate odd and beautiful relics of the recent past, we heartily recommend this new journal, as well as almost every other book title they publish.

— Jim Casper



Amc2 Journal Issue 1
21 x 29.5cm
Softcover in slipcase
Amc2 Books, December 2011