212 magazine Issue 5 (the Idle issue) is available now. We all need downtime sometimes, and now it seems we need it more than ever. We are hoping that in between these pages you can find fuel for inspiration throughout the idyllic days of spring and summer. The Cover features model Chloe Wise, photography by Laura Marie Cieplik, styling by Camille-Joséphine Teisseire. Photographer’s assistant is Quentin Daumont, Hair from Maxime Mace, Make up from Lili Choi, Set designer was Pierre Olivier Boulzaguet.
An interview with francis ford coppola, fashion stories by samuel bradley and osma harvilahti, photo essays by helena blomqvist and luis alberto rodriguez, polish photography initiative eastreet and burcu bocekler, artworks by nes’e erdok, a profound translation of erasmus’ festina lente for new eyes and minds and articles on anechroic chambers, proto-idlers and chronophotography. Plus, read about reading itself; the peculiar intimacy of it all and arts writer anna wallace-thompson’s essay in praise of undergrowth.
212 magazine is a new biannual publication from Istanbul. It contains short fiction and long-form reportage; distinctive photo essays and revealing interviews. Even though it was born in the city where east meets west (as the love-worn cliche goes), the magazine seeks to transcend the loaded dichotomies of Istanbul’s favourite metaphor, and extends its gaze far beyond the region.
The name “212” comes from the area code for Istanbul, but it also happens to be the area code for New York – a piece of misdirection that’s characteristic of the magazine’s ethos: as soon as you try too hard to close in on your subject it has a habit of defying you. Rather than pigeonholing ideas into narrow parameters, 212’s contributors trace connections that will surprise and delight.
Each issue is centred around a loose theme – the first is Strange Days. 212 aims to be as challenging as it is influential – to provide an inclusive space for ideas and perspectives to mix without prejudice and better interrogate social, artistic and cultural phenomena from the region and around the world.
148 pages, 28 x 38 cm, 900 grams