Part of what made Moonlight, the 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, so revolutionary was that it showed queer men of color being vulnerable and intimate with each other; it’s something we rarely get to see that. It’s even rarer that we get to see gay men of color from around the world, and that’s what makes Elska magazine’s latest Mumbai issue so revolutionary — it shows gay Indian men like we’ve never seen them before.
Elska is a bi-monthly male photography, culture and travel magazine that has been described as ”part intellectual queer pin-up mag and part sexy anthropology journal”. The title of the magazine means ‘love’ in Icelandic and each issue features photos of a dozen guys from a different world city along with some of their writing. Previous issues have covered Yokohama, Japan; Istanbul, Turkey; and Taipei, Taiwan among others.
Elska‘s editor Liam Campbell recently said that his decision to feature India was “in large part because we see so few South Asian men in LGBT media. We wanted to shine the spotlight on a huge group of people who are so often invisible.”
Their 10th issue is Elska‘s first edition to be set in South Asia, and it’s especially important as homosexuality remains illegal in India, thanks to laws enacted during British colonial rule. The magazine contains texts in English, Hindi and French (all with English translations) as well as beautiful pictorials shot by Campbell. Here’s several of his beautiful shots below, but you can also order the full 168-page issue at Elska’s website.