About The Protagonist Magazine
The Protagonist is a leading character, a hero, a heroine.
The Protagonist stands out from the crowd as the most prominent figure.
The Protagonist breaks records to set new ones.
The Protagonist Magazine offers in-depth articles about and interviews with protagonists of stage and screen and the art world. London-based editors Ram Shergill and Daen Palma Huse offer an insight into the world of fine art and fashion photography, illustration and contemporary art in an eclectic mix. As a collectible hardback book, The Protagonist Magazine revives the tradition of luxury magazine publications such as The Yellow Book, which was published in the 1890s.
The cover star of this issue is award-winning actress Helen McCrory, critically acclaimed for her complex roles in theatre and film. Her interview features alongside stories about actors Joe Dempsie, Kyle Soller, Joshua Sasse, and Kate O'Flynn. The theatre world is further discovered by looking at the intricacy of stage costumes of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
New York based artist Colin Verdi has contributed to this issue extensively, with each and every one of his hand-drawn characters born out of his vivid imagination. Also portrayed are the contemporary sculptors Diego Fortunato and Helidon Xhixha, who is exhibiting at the London Design Biennale, as well as typewriter artist Kasper Pincis. Completing the magazine, Spanish Alex Popa illustrated an essay on dog fashion and couture by social anthropologist Dr Birgitta Huse.
Fashion Director Margherita Gardella and her team offer valuable perspectives on both current and timeless fashion statements such as the universe of Rei Kawakubo and a contemporary reinterpretation of Coco Chanel. The intersection of fashion and art is explored in a spread about Victorian artist Lord Leighton who left one of the most beautiful houses in London to visit.
Covers ISSUE 1:
Douglas Booth - An exclusive interview with The Riot Club star Douglas Booth, recently seen inPride and Prejudice and Zombies, showing the actor’s varied facets and introducing his upcoming film Loving Vincent about the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.
Felicity Gilbert (Limited Edition Cover) - Actress and model Felicity Gilbert graces the Limited Edition cover of The Protagonist Magazine. As the former face of Thierry Mugler’s Alien and having worked with Lars von Trier, Felicity Gilbert embodies elegance, classic beauty and talent.
Covers ISSUE 2:
Helen McCrory – An exclusive editorial with the internationally acclaimed theatre and film actress shot at Dennis Severs’ House features in this issue. The detailed drawings on the cover are by Colin Verdi, taking inspiration from the aesthetic of the magazine, Helen McCrory and the world of stage and screen that she is part of.
Dovydas Kreivys – For this cover, Dovydas Kreivys stars in a poetic art shoot alongside Ben Slade, before a backdrop of 17th century rare and handmade tapestries.
Andrej Halasa – In a photographic technique extensively explored by photographer Ram Shergill with Leica cameras, Andrej Halasa was photographed at a long exposure time which allowed him to be ‘painted with light’, creating an abstract effect. The concept is explored further inside the publication, in collaboration with artist Julieta Hernández Adame, using graphic letterpress designs.
Editor in Chief – Ram Shergill
As an internationally acclaimed British fashion photographer Ram has worked with Amy Winehouse, Diane Kruger, Naomi Campbell, Dame Judi Dench, Eddie Redmayne and many more.
His work has been shown in various exhibitions worldwide including Sotheby’s, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Somerset House and the Whitechapel Gallery.
He is a regular contributor to international magazines including Vogue, GQ, Mode, STYLIST and has successfully published his own fashion magazine for the past eight years, now devoting his efforts to The Protagonist Magazine.
Editor – Daen Palma Huse
Daen is an editor, critic and writer specialising in the contemporary international artscape, with a focus on Exoticism, Self-Exoticism, Global Art and Political Theory. Written works include “The Fiction of ‘non-European’ Art: Exoticism and Self-Exoticism in the International Artscape”.
Daen has curated various art exhibitions, acted as contributor to exhibition publications and carried out research in the areas of photography, architecture, fashion and fine art in Europe and Latin America.
Editor at Large – Mariella Gardella
Milanese by birth, Mariella has claimed Capri as her home. She is the former managing editor of Linea Italiana and Vogue Italia. From the 1970s through the 1990s, she worked with major fashion photographers, including Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton and Norman Parkinson. She also interviewed the top names in international fashion- ranging from Diana Vreeland to Yves St. Laurent, Armani and Missoni – and design, such as Ettore Sottsass, Philip Starck and Piero Pinto.
Iconic and unique fashion journalist, it is very rare to find one like her: a true fashion inspiration. Mariella is currently working on a large special project involving the publication of her life work.
Fashion Director – Margherita Gardella
Margherita is regarded one of the most talented fashion editors in the world. She was Fashion Editor of L'Uomo Vogue, Per Lui, Grazia as well the Deputy Fashion Director for iconic Harpers&Queen.
She has worked with photographers such as Mario Testino, Deborah Turbeville, Ruven Afanador and many more.
Fashion Editor - Claudia Behnke
Claudia is fashion stylist, style consultant and art director and has worked with Squiz Hamilton, Kakan Akuf Celebi, Nicholas Routzen, Rui Aguilar, Allan Chiu and Lara Jade for magazines like Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Esquire and I-D. Her passion lies within art directing and styling short films and fashion videos as well as fashion shoots and shows. Her debut in directing fashion films was featured on Saatchi online and others were shown at London Fashion Week.
Having styled stars like Katie Melua, Boy George, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Tolula Adeyemi, Claudia is regularly involved in London Fashion Week with Marko Mitanovski, Elliot J. Frieze, Lako Bukia and Jade Kang.
Special Correspondent Social Anthropology and Mexico – Dr Birgitta Huse
Contributing Fashion Editor - My Name is Kabir
Kabir is a unique fashion creative, who not only styles editorials, fashion shows and brand imagery but has directed fashion films and consults across many creative platforms. Having a finger on the pulse of what is upcoming and new in the London and global creative circuit Kabir has spotted many new talents who have gone on to be notorious. Kabir has worked with artists Paloma Faith, Roisin Murphy and designers Maria Francesca Pepe, Fleet Ilya, Sibling, Wes Gordon and Christian Cowan Sanluis, to name a few.
Editorial Assistant and Marketing – Jeanne Rideau
Associate Features Editor and Web Design – Antoinette Alba
Antoinette has studied photography, art, design, and visual culture both in the US and London. With a passion for creative writing and all things visual, her experience includes teaching as a Lead Instructor of Web Design, guest lecturing at Richmond University on the role the media plays in body image, and working as an Editorial Intern at Dazed and Confused.
Regular Contributors –
Laura Owen, Michael Lovelock, Gulnaz Can, Emily Vanns, Anna Beketov, Alexandre J. Barre