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Elska is a magazine dedicated to photographs of real men with flaws unedited - along with their stories - delivering an intimate, cultural and eye-and-mind-opening experience.
With its combination of nude and clothed photography, and its interviews with the subjects, Elska is part quasi-intellectual male pin-up mag; part sexy anthropology journal; part international street style zine. It is provocative, authentic, imperfect (''cos perfect is boring''), and made with love. London photographer Liam Campbell, the editor and moving force behind Elska, says: "I started Elska to spotlight not always pretty but always beautiful men, shot with honesty, so that their allure isn't in perfect bodies, perfect skin, and perfect smiles, but through their vulnerability, humour, and personality. I want to know them, because they are real, not just images on a page''.
This edition is dedicated to Brussels, capital of Belgium and capital Europe as well. Known for its mix of cultures and languages (French and Dutch), for its politics, and for its culinary reputation (think fine chocolates, waffles, frites and beer), Brussels is a frequently visited but still under-known city, so this issue gives you a bit more of an insider's view, through the eyes of these fifteen local Brussels boys. They were photographed both at home and out in the streets, and each of them also wrote a little something to enable you to get to know them on a more intimate level.
Stories from this edition include Jules B's 'how I met my boyfriend' tale; Pierre B's letter to his father who passed away; Quintin H's invitation to look inside his autistic mind; Jian Kiang L's confessional on living a life constantly trying to impress his parents; and Nizo M's piece about his love of the one and only Madonna.
164 pages, including texts in English, French, and Spanish (followed by English translations), Published July 2017
Photographer : Liam Cunningham