Introducing Behind the Blinds

Originally founded by Michael Marson as an online platform to explore what he calls the “fascinating world of all things visual,” Brussels-based Behind the Blinds has now made its way into print, with a second issue just out that celebrates the theme of “No Ordinary Love.” “The magazine is fueled by frequent encounters with an international collective of stylists and photographers,” Marson explains, “and complemented with carte-blanche interventions by invited artists and interviews with creative talents, both established and upcoming.”

With four covers, by Pierre Debusschere, Alexandre Haefeli, Gregory Derkenne, and Marco Van Rijt, the issue delves into passions and loves, offering its contributors the opportunity to explore their own creative ideas with editorial independence. “We give them a platform where they can express themselves freely and deeply,” Marson says. “Following our gut feeling, the challenge is to let go and respect each other’s creative output, to create a chaos of harmonies.”

Marson, an avid fan of visual culture since a young age, says the move to print felt like a necessary change, even as the website attracted contributions from a range of talents like Alessandro dell’Acqua, Paul Smith, and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. “We realized the web’s limitations,” Marson explains. “It could never equal the quality and feel of a printed copy. We wanted to create a tangible object, a collection of images and points of view. I like very much the idea of discovering something new with every page you turn—like a novel in which you jump from a fashion story to a review to an artist contribution and back again.”

As for the future, that is still to be decided, which is exactly how Marson wants it: “We like to surprise and deviate from the expected paths with every issue. We hope to discover through these orchestrated encounters what is now unknown to us. That is why we give our collaborators a maximum of freedom to express themselves and explore different visions, without compromise.”


Axel at Hakim Model Agency (Brussels) and Juliet at Tomorrow Is Another Day (Cologne) | Photographer – Pierre Debusschere (New York: Art + Commerce, New York: Art + Commerce) | Stylist – Pierre Daras


Roos van Bosstraeten | Photographer – Gregory Derkenne | Stylist – Michael Marson


Lasse Gronkjaer Jensen at Scoop Models (Copenhagen) | Photographer – Marco van Rijt (2DM MANAGEMENT) | Stylist – Oliver Fussing (Linkdetails)


Photographer – Alexandre Haefeli | Stylist – Michael Marson


Joshua Bering | Photographer and stylist – Michael Marson


Vincent Van Duysen | Photographer – Alex Salinas


Anton Schmidt at Scoop Models (Copenhagen) | Photographer – Marco van Rijt (2DM MANAGEMENT) | Stylist – Oliver Fussing (Linkdetails)


Lasse Gronkjaer Jensen at Scoop Models (Copenhagen) and Wilbert Eskildsen | Photographer – Marco van Rijt (2DM MANAGEMENT) | Stylist – Oliver Fussing (Linkdetails)


Photographer – Alexandre Haefeli | Stylist – Michael Marson


Axel at Hakim Model Agency (Brussels) and Juliet at Tomorrow Is Another Day (Cologne) | Photographer – Pierre Debusschere (New York: Art + Commerce, New York: Art + Commerce) | Stylist – Pierre Daras


Axel at Hakim Model Agency (Brussels) | Photographer – Pierre Debusschere (New York: Art + Commerce, New York: Art + Commerce) | Stylist – Pierre Daras


David Trulík | Photographer – Ignazio | Stylist – Thomas Davis


Damien Chapelle | Photographer – Nagib Chtaïb | Stylist – Michael Marson


Dries Van Noten | Photographer – Schohaja


Mathis Magni | Photographer – Nagib Chtaïb | Stylist – Michael Marson


Irina Liss | Photographer – David Alexander Flinn | Stylist – Heathermary Jackson


Roberto Sipos | Photographer – Zeb Daemen | Stylist – Alex Van Der Steen


Jack Chambers | Photographer – Aline & Jacqueline Tappia | Stylist – Alba Melendo


Safari and Iago Santibanez | Photographer – Sean Alexander Geraghty | Stylist – Benoit Bethume


Mateo Garnier | Photographer – Maxime Vigato | Stylist – Pauline Collet


Roos van Bosstraeten | Photographer – Gregory Derkenne | Stylist – Michael Marson


Roos van Bosstraeten | Photographer – Gregory Derkenne | Stylist – Michael Marson

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