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Eleven

This is Dek Unu Magazine. In Esperanto, dek unu means "eleven." Eleven images from a single artist. Eleven artists in eleven solo issues in each publication year. Dek Unu publishes the work of a new artist-photographer in each issue. The artist's work and words are featured in individual focus as the sole purpose for each issue of the magazine.  Unlike other arts and letters magazines which might look for work from a variety of artists to support an editorial staff's theme, at Dek Unu, theme and imagery are always each artist's own. 

Through the centuries and across cultures, common sense and conventional wisdom among artists have concluded that color conveys emotions, moods, and concepts.  Probably for just as long, researchers, using tools ranging from folktales to fMRI imaging, have tried to create a systematic description of correspondences between each color and its psychological impact and connotations.  While a perfect dictionary of color meanings is certainly impossible, there is no question that color has been used to inspire (and manipulate) emotional responses to everything from advertising copy to artistic masterworks and color psychology continues to provoke both formal and informal investigation.

This month’s Dek Unu Magazine features Greek photographer Anastasius Moumtzoglou. In “The Palette of Eros,” he combines both an artist’s and a scientist’s fascination with color. While his day job is as a researcher and healthcare administrator, Anastasius Moumtzoglou’s passion is his photography. To make “The Palette of Eros,” he brought both his camera and insights from the work of Swiss psychotherapist Max Lüscher to Galaxidi, Greece, for the spring festival, Clean Monday, where Anastasius joined the revelers for the Flour Smudge, a traditional and indescribable riot of color and craziness. Here are his findings; here is the fun.

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