Interview: Photographer Vlad Zorin On His Powerful Debut Book, “With Love from Russia”

Stunning images and intimate interviews with gay men align for a survey of sex and sexuality across Russia

Moscow-based fashion and fine art photographer Vlad Zorin published his debut book, With Love from Russia, in December 2021. Across 256 pages, through intimate portraits of queer men and deeply personal corresponding text about their sexual awakenings, the photographer explores the questions “What is sex?” and “What role did it play in defining me as a person?” Zorin—whose debut photographic exhibition, Hare, was held at Cube.Moscow in …

Best of CH 2021: Good Measure

Creatives, communities and companies that continue to remind us progress is possible

In 2021—a year fraught with the pandemic, the US Capitol insurrection, infringements on reproductive and educational rights, increasing climate injustices, worsening systemic inequality and more—the fight for social and political justice was especially imperative. Through it all, we paid attention to artists and communities who champion progress and give back in some manner, supporting or publishing their inspiring work along the way. We tag each …

Best of CH 2021: Interviews

10 of the stimulating conversations we've been lucky enough to have this year

There are countless artists, musicians, organizers, scientists, designers and inventive individuals of all disciplines that we admire from afar and, while they say never to meet your heroes, some of the most satisfying and interesting articles we embark on at COOL HUNTING involve conversations with those people. This year, like all those before, we spoke with individuals doing intriguing and valuable things with their talent …