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Vice is a free magazine and media conglomerate founded in Montreal, Quebec and currently based in New York City. The magazine covers contemporary indie and youth culture. Vice is known for its controversial content, and often strikes a sardonic and ironic pose on debauchery, sex, drugs, violence, crime, and social issues involving race and economic class.

Vice is available in 16 countries. Editions are published in Canada, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Spain, Mexico, New Zealand, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and the United States. It is free and supports itself primarily through advertising. The current editor is Jesse Pearson in the U.S. and Andy Capper in the UK.


Vice is well known for publishing and using a mix some of the best young and up and coming photographers, and big names across the states and Europe, starting the career for many. Such people as Terry Richardson, Richard Kern, Jamie Warren, Jerry Hsu, Ben Raynor, Naughty James and Patrick O'Dell.

Vice’s irreverence and determination not to kowtow to advertisers has led to an aesthetic that began simply as unique but has grown into a culture that has defined an entire epoch of underground photography. Whether it’s ex-cons showing how to make a shiv-proof vest out of National Geographics or the homeless garbage eaters in Bangladesh posing for a hipster fashion shoot, Vice is never satisfied with simply presenting a well-composed photograph. There’s always a story and that is precisely why Vice photography is as respected as it is imitated

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Television and film is available for viewing on the internet, with the intention of circumventing network intervention over content issues and allowing for a global, free-of-charge distribution plan akin to that of the magazine. Vice Films released a feature length documentary, Heavy Metal in Baghdad, in 2008 as well its first theatrical release entitled White Lightnin' in 2009 and a documentary on professional bull riders entitled The Ride due out in 2010.

Vice have a film called the Vice Guide to Travel.

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