about the protagonist


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 protagonists of stage, 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, The Savoy and The Magazine of Art which were published in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

For the latest print issue, the team at The Protagonist has concentrated on icons from the music industry featuring Amy Winehouse and Paloma Faith.

The Protagonist is the perfect companion whether you are travelling across countries or letting your mind travel whilst sitting in your favourite chair at home. The Protagonist is filled with knowledge, fashion, icons, art, illustration and a celebration of the beauty that surrounds us.

“[T]his magazine is like stepping into an eccentric’s manor. It’s florals with sophistication, it’s colours without kitsch; it’s unmistakably The Protagonist Magazine, a hero/heroine of its time.” (Magalleria Bath)



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 the National Portrait Gallery, Sotheby’s, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Somerset House and the Whitechapel Gallery.

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Editor – Daen Palma Huse

Daen is an editor, critic and writer specialising in the contemporary international artscape, with a focus on 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.

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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.

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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.

Margherita has worked with photographers such as Mario Testino, Deborah Turbeville, Ruven Afanador and many more.

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Arts Editor – Gülnaz Can

Gülnaz is an arts journalist and writer who regularly contributes to various publications including The Guardian, This Is Tomorrow and Wall Street International. Previously a broadcast journalist for Channel 24 and CNN, Gülnaz worked as a reporter, writer and producer.

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Special Correspondent Social Anthropology and Mexico –

Dr Birgitta Huse

As a social anthropologist Birgitta is fascinated by people and what they do. Her work is an ongoing expedition, a journey through everyday life. In her writing she shares what she discovers with others. Curiosity and interest arise while reading, a moment of joyful reflection is ours.

Birgitta works in Mexico since 1989 when she did her first fieldwork in San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, for her PhD about textile culture under the influence of tourism. Her research is supported by the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She has published anthropological books, lectured at Universities in Germany (Münster, Dortmund) and Mexico (e.g. UNACH), she developed educational concepts and worked as trainer in child and adult education (e.g. UNESCO Agenda Education). She studied at the Universities of London (SOAS), Tübingen and Freiburg (Germany).

Fashion Editor - Seta Niland 

Seta has worked on numerous editorial projects for The Face, Self Service, Vanity Fair, GQ and Sunday Times. She has worked with many celebrities, worked with the Spice Girls for the feature film “Spice World” and most notably styled the first runway shows for Alexander McQueen.

Fashion Editor - Alicia Joseph

Graphic Design - Michelle Kliem

Regular Contributors

Antoinette Alba, Anna Beketov, Jeanne Rideau, Matthew Barton, Valery Steinberg

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