A Year Magazine is a biannual collection of stories, photography, art and ephemera that reflect the events and influence of a single period of time. Each issue is titled after and focused entirely on one year.
Issue one is 1991—a year of significant cultural and political importance. It’s the year the Soviet Union fell, and the year Nirvana released Nevermind. It’s the year of great transition, a topic this issue tackles both literally, and indirectly.
The cover is a photo of Hamilton Harris by the artist Cameron Martin, taken in 1991, part of a series of portraits he shot of the kids he skated with at Tompkins Square Park for an NYU class project that year. As a companion piece, Martin himself tells the story of his career as a professional skateboarder, which ended in 1991, and the mysterious, unreleased video he filmed that year.
Also in this issue:
Ari Marcopoulos photographs his friend and fellow artist Nick Van Woert’s custom- built 1991 Yamaha XT600, a motorcycle that defies any era of design, and blurs the lines between art and utility.
Nicholas Motte illustrates game five of the 1991 NBA Finals, the season Michael Jordan’s earned his first ring, and Magic Johnson announced his HIV positive status and retirement.
The writer Maya Singer tells the tale of her last year at summer camp, an emotionally raw story about young love and her sister’s painful illness, as told through a mixtape she made then called “Summer of Suck.”