The ancient city of Lyons in the center of France was traditionally known historically for the production and weaving of silk. Nowadays the city contains a significant software industry with a particular focus on video games, and in recent years has fostered a growing local start-up sector.. Recently the city ranked number two in France for innovation , and was also voted the second most livable city in the country.
It therefore seemed a good choice for Elska Bookzine’s first every French city to be awarded its own edition. Liam Campbell, chief photographer and editor of Elska said of his choice “I hardly knew anything about the city but I discovered an intensely beautiful city full of proud, positive, and open people. The men here also had a very romantic side, making this perhaps the most seductive issue of all.”
Elska Lyon’ introduces readers to over a dozen very diverse men from the local gay/queer community photographed in their homes and in their neighbourhoods, with their photospreads accompanied by personal stories. As usual there is not one single professional model amongst them.
We don’t know if this is a comment about the men of Lyons in general, but far more of them seem to be happy to be photographed in various states of undress than in previous Elska issues.
Elska Lyon’ is 172 pages. It is available in a classic collectible print version or in a downloadable e-version. A list of stockists and details of how to order online can be found on the Elska website: http://www.elskamagazine.com