10 Reasons to buy Hunger issue 15, Fantasy Meets Reality

We're back! And for issue 15 of Hunger we're looking at the clashing worlds of fantasy and reality - the suspended world we currently live in where the onslaught of technology only continues to hurtle us into an unknown future and our everyday realities twist somewhere between a fantasy, a dream and a nightmare. Here are ten reasons why you need to pick up your copy.

Our cover stars

This issue Hunger presents four covers – actress and star of Spike Lee’s Blackkklansman Laura Harrier shot by photographer and Instagram sensation Renell Medrano in LA, rising actress and Instagram-alt girl Bria Vinaite shot out and about in her neighbourhood in Brooklyn, Hollywood stalwart Liv Tyler photographed by Rankin in a shoot inspired by old cinema and black and white movies, and a special art cover devised by Rankin and his long time collaborator Andrew Gallimore depicted the twisted theme.

 

Hunger issue 15 cover stars, Laura Harrier by Renell Medrano, Art cover by Rankin

Bria Vinaite by Simon Burstall, Liv Tyler by Rankin

Jean Paul Gaultier on fantasy

You can’t mention fantasy in fashion without one man’s name springing to mind – Jean Paul Gaultier. The enfant terrible of French fashion and original provocateur exclusively talks to us about his illustrious career and the opening of his debut theatre show, Fashion Freak Show.

Jean Paul Gaultier by Trish Ward

OG supermodel Pat Cleveland gets nostalgic

Sticking with fantasy, we travel to New York for a shoot with legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland who reminisces about the heady days of Studio 54, the era of free love and 1970s New York – a time when the fantasy of glamour was juxtaposed by a city on the verge of bankruptcy.

"A designer is an artist and an artist never dies."

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Pat Cleveland by Andrew Yee

Anja Niemi on subversion

Photographer Anja Niemi, a master of modern subversive photography, is an artist that we have admired for some time, and this issue marks her first time in Hunger magazine. We discuss her career to date and the themes that underpin her work – from feminism to the power and transience of identity.

Anja Niemi courtesy of The Little Black Gallery

Crowns and Owls interpret the work of Alex Gardner

Fashion plays a huge part in each issue of Hunger, but for our Fantasy Meets Reality issue we did things a little differently – collaborating with a host of both fine and digital artists on our editorials. In Escalator creative collective Crowns and Owls teamed up with artist Alex Gardner and our fashion director Kim Howells to create a story inspired by Gardner’s mesmerising work around black identity.

Escalator by Crowns and Owls

Final Fantasy: Our Collections story goes digital

For our AW18 collections story we followed suit and worked with four different digital artists – Slime Sunday, Charlotte Edey, Daniel Pashman and Pure Honey – who each created bespoke worlds for each look to inhabit, inspired by space, technology and romance.

Artwork by Charlotte Edey

Rankin and Andrew Gallimore create magic once more

It wouldn’t be an issue of Hunger without a next level beauty editorial from Rankin and longtime collaborator Andrew Gallimore. Working with the fantastical theme the pair were inspired by the changes in technology, resulting in a mesmerising story aptly titled Transform-Her.

Transform-Her by Rankin and Andrew Gallimore

We travel far and wide…

Each issue Hunger work with teams of photographers from around the world, allowing us and our readers to travel the globe through the pages of the magazine and explore new perspectives and cultures. This issue we take to South Africa for Wayfaring Stranger, a nomadic editorial focussing on local designers and creatives.

Wayfaring Stranger by Moro Van Wyk

Get a rare insight into the work of filmmaker Amy Berg

Award-winning filmmaker Amy Berg has been fighting for social justice through her documentary filmmaking since 2006’s Deliver Us From Evil, a documentary charting abuse and paedophilia in the Catholic Church. Subsequent films have tackled child abuse in Hollywood, wrongful convictions and extremist religion, and next up Amy will be delving back into the case of Adnan Syed of Serial podcast fame for a HBO documentary. In a very rare interview we get a glimpse into what happens behind the camera.

Amy Berg by Olivia Fougeirol

"The human spirit is precious and through filmmaking I continue to learn about the forgotten and unacknowledged voices."

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Charting 50 years of protest photography

Photographer Builder Levy has been photographing protests in the United States for over 50 years – and in that time has captured Malcom X, Martin Luther King and numerous other seminal moments in history. Now 78, we speak to Builder about the parallels between history – the then and now of the USA – in a poignant and candid interview for our documentary section.

Image by Builder Levy

Hunger issue 15, Fantasy Meets Reality, is out from today in all WH Smiths and magazine retailers and available online here

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