About us

Chiaroscuro Magazine is probably the only journal treating everything created by humans as art. This includes all functional forms, such as fashion design, carpentry, automotive and aircraft design...Chiaroscuro believes that artists, including their promoters and sponsors, have the right to inform their audiences directly about their work, without the unwieldy interpolation of ‘experts’.Chiaroscuro takes a bold socio-political approach to travel writing, encourages unique creative writing, and boasts a shopping mall for artistic and cultural communities worldwide. Chiaroscuro runs a dynamic internship programme for students of journalism and enthusiasts alike, not to mention its podcast sections which are designed to open up the craft of journalism. Chiaroscuro Magazine started life as Ciaroscuro.com in 2004.

Chiaroscuro was founded by Ishmael Fiifi Annobil, the Ghanaian poet, journalist, photographer and filmmaker. Born in Accra, Ghana, he started writing poetry at the age of eleven, in 1969, inspired by Ghana’s Avant Garde poets of the time, chiefly Atukwei Okai, who subsequently became his mentor. Ishmael become a member of the Ghana National Association of Writers at nineteen, and after a short stint on Ghana’s Daily Graphic Newspaper  as a proof-reader and freelance reporter, he emigrated to East Africa, living in Southern Sudan and Kenya, where he wrote, co-produced and performed the acclaimed multi-media show, Criers on the Thresholds of Reality, for refugees and the homeless. He subsequently worked on the Kenya Business Spotlight as a politics, economics, and arts reporter. 

Ishmael relocated to England in 1983, and worked briefly on a London Diaspora magazine as deputy editor, before spending eleven years in Wales, where he founded the international poetry festival, Iolo’s Children and Wales’ first serious arts newspaper, Circa21. He is the founder of the international film collective, Stonedog Productions (Camden, London). An ardent screenwriter, producer and director, his films for Stonedog include In The Presence of Awe - The Transvangarde (art documentary), Kenji Yoshida - Artist of the Soul (art documentary), Salamander Walks, the surrealistic fictional narrative feature, and Hornsleth: Product of Love, a definitive documentary about controversial Danish artist Kristian Von Hornsleth. He has published two collections of poetry: Seven Horn Elegy and Ethiop, and an important monograph of his original GaDangme emblems, Abëtëi.  His forthcoming books include Portrait of a Man in Pain (novel) Inklings of Clay (novella) and Utopia of the Worms (poetry). Ishmael studied Social Anthropology extramurally at Goldsmith’s College, and took a PgDip in Visual Communications at West Herts College. 

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