Seven Shades of Black Magazine

Andrey Yakovlev & Lili Aleeva

I think the biggest tribute I could give to Russian pair Andrey Yakovlev & Lili Aleeva is the fact that it looks like a painting. The colours are so rich, the photography and art direction is perfected beyond realism that it really does look like an artist had painting every hair line and shading in shadows.

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Dafy Hagai

Unashamedly fell in love with Israeli fashion photographer Dafy Hagai promptly after it came onto my screen and it has nothing to do with her liberal use of nipples either. You instantly feel as though you are looking at images from the 70’s through obviously the clothes and styling but also the colour tone running throughout all her images. Yet it is still complemented with a modern feel, take the first image as the perfect example of this.

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Sabine Haubitz & Stefanie Zoche

Travelling around India, they documented the surreal cinemas which are so dominate within all levels of Indian society thanks mainly in part to Bollywood.

"We are particularly interested in the culturally influenced reinterpretation of modern building style apparent in the architectural style which displays an unusual mixture of modernism, local architectural elements, a strong use of color and, in the case of some older cinema halls, of art deco.”

Nigel Van Wieck

Though we are always pushing the boat to help expose young artists out there, it’s certainly not wise to just keep looking forward. Looking back is just as important if not more so. For those of you who remember my passionate rant a few months back about modern artists and the importance of the older generation I present to you Nigel Van Wieck, so take inspiration at the beauty of palette, the effortless stylised realism and quiet tone of his art.

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Matthias Geisler

Within a second of looking at Matthias’s work it instantly reminded me of fantasy art that my friends would have made within the’r school books. Monotone, crazy sketches which are a portal to another world entirely, I’d love to know the backstory to these characters and their world they are kept within.

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Though initially I’ll admit I sat on the fence when I first saw Flëkz tapped patterns as it did not adhere to my own tastes of minimal design I can certainly more than appreciate the and would have been foolish not to post it up as there are some rather spectacular pattern in the mix. Using a bold shade of blue and thick tape, the method of overlaying causing the illusion of a variety of white space.

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Jared Patton Plock

Deconstruction in literarature and art started over thirty years ago, but it still provides themes for academic discussions and artistic installments. Exploring the relation between an object and a subject is a speciality of Plock, whose disarranged pieces of furniture make us question the nature of material reality.

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Chris Bokeh

Bokeh is a Japanese word meaning the aethetic quality of a blur - a seemingly mismatched pseudonym for someone whos pictures are mostly crystal sharp. But here we present some of my favourite images of his, more personal shots dealing with the themes of identity and alienation. Light and shade work perfectly to create this one-of-a-kind feeling of emptiness that you just can’t shake off.

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Grayson James

Photography nowadays tend to oscillate between two extremes - you either take overly studied shots of meticulously composed scenes or shoot fast and spontaneous. Grayson James represents the second part of the community - atmospheric places and objects on not-quite-perfect photographs seem to evoke the feeling of being-in. And who can deny that that’s one of the most prized aim of photography?

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Amanda Valdez

Heavily drawing from the minimal abstract expressionism, NY based artist Amanda Valdez creates striking compositions. Well used colours and shapes together give an intriguing impact on the viewer, especially in her newer work.

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Martina Paukova

First London based illustrator I’ve liked in a good couple of months! There is the typical London quirk to her work but complimented by some less outspoken colours and a more graphic edge with the geometric forms.

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Eli Colburn / Untitled

From the mainstay of our SoundCloud channel, an unreleased track from our close friend Eli Colburn

Julien Douvier

Never seen a set of escalators looking so peaceful, beautiful and artistic all at the same time. It’s a pretty ridiculous thought to be honest but evidently very true. I could literally stare at these minutes on end and feel very much at piece with the muted background.

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Martine Johanna

Exceptionally beautiful paintings by Dutch artist Martine Johanna, both in terms of the girls and content used offset by a strong stylistic and fashion influence but also by the use of dozens of different tones being used.

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Back on Tuesday

Regular posting will be back and a little surprise for you guys too, a special edition of the magazine will be out. Giving you a chance to read up on behind the scenes and beyond our digital masks, getting to know the thoughts of various people behind the scenes that work on various parts of the magazine.