Elska Magazine, a series of photo books by artist Liam Campbell, each dedicated to a different city and its local men, has made its latest edition in Rhode Island. After 10 issues shot in various world cities, from Berlin to Reykjavík, Taipei to Mumbai, Istanbul to Yokohama, the first edition made in the USA has put its focus on beautiful Providence and its local queer community.
“It probably would have been obvious to choose New York or San Francisco for our first American outing” says editor, creator, and chief photographer Liam Campbell, “but when I first visited Providence about a year ago, I instantly fell in love with the city and thought it deserved our attention. It’s an attractive, artful, and bigger-than-you’d-think capital, and I’m proud to make our first U.S. issue in Rhode Island.”
Known for its inclusion of diverse men on its pages, this edition of Elska Magazine is perhaps the most diverse yet. “It's a real testament to what America is supposed to be”, continues Liam. “Despite the racist and xenophobic rhetoric to piggyback Trump’s election, our Providence experience showed that America is still a place where people of different races, beliefs, and identities can be equally at home. There was a defiant attitude amongst the men we met and shot in Providence, capital of a solidly liberal state.”
Elska’s Providence issue is 164 pages and is available in a classic print "bookazine" or in a electronic download version for tablet/iPad. A list of stockists and details of the subscription service can also be found on the Elska website: elskamagazine.com.