Stories of Light


Starting Point

EKI is an independent Italian magazine dedicated to those who love light. The magazine features interviews with international artists as it was born out of the desire to create a space for sharing and discussing light through different techniques and approaches.

The project was born out of the lucky encounter of five female photographers who met through the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia di Roma. ISSUE 00 narrates light through the experience of five artists: Alex Webb, photographer at Magnum Photos since the ‘80s; Paolo Carnera, notorious fan of Italian TV series Gomorra and Suburra; Sharon Calahan, photography director for Pixar productions such as Nemo, Ratatouille, and Onward; Jessica Hung Han Yun, theatre light designer; and Bruce Munro, light designer specialised in the creation of immense immersive installations.


To curate the branding and editorial art direction we took inspiration from the enchanting rays of dawn light cracking through the characteristic shutter of traditional Italian balconies. Canary yellow, black, and off-white were the colours inspired by the daily movement of the sun. The photographic structure of the magazine commanded the use of large size photos to enhance the artists’ work, with narrow blocks of text for the interviews.

EKI’s passion for printed paper is expressed through the use of Fedrigoni Splendor Lux Metal Gold cardboard, with a die cut logo that create an interplay of light and shadow on each page: a homage to the fading tactile sensorial taste that only paper can convey.

The project was developed in collaboration with the whole EKI team: Camilla Cattabriga and Claudia Sicuranza, the two Editors in Chied and Creative Directors; Arianna Pucci, Eleonora Contessi, Maria Chiara Morolli, editorial staff; Giulia Sorbo and Marta I. Giotti, translators; Beniamino Ziccardi, editorial graphic designer; Micol Gelsi, web designer; Jessica D’Acunto, text supervisor; and Perros Hemanos, the main sponsor.