A child of the pandemic from its open call in March and April, to the entire jurying phase and up to today’s winners announcement, JRNL 5 has been THE project that allowed our artistic spirit to plow on through this difficult, transformative year 2020. With such a dramatic cascade of exceptional events sewn into our current collective moment, expectations run especially high for this issue of JRNL to showcase innovative and authentic photography giving voice to that new generation of analogue talent living in the front row of today’s global, pressing issues. It is thus with great pleasure that we congratulate Elisa’s 12 final photographers coming from 9 countries, we couldn’t be prouder of such inspiring, boundary-breaking curatorial vision and very much look forward to mailing these special JRNL 5 pages around the world in a few weeks! We also want to acknowledge the many, many other amazing works we couldn’t find room for in this upcoming summer 2020 issue: please know you met ours and Elisa’s eyes and interest, and we hope to have the chance to support you as well in future editions. Lastly, please also stay tuned later this month as we award the JRNL 5 Covers to 1 of today’s 12 photographers! 

GUEST EDITOR: Elisa Medde, Editor in Chief at Foam Magazine

Elisa Medde is a photography editor, curator and writer. With a background in History of Art, Iconology and Photographic Studies, she worked for various cultural institutions, publishing houses and non-profit organisations as project and research co-ordinator as well as independent curator and editor. Her academic research reflects on the relations between image and power, particularly in the context of contemporary photography. She served as juror for many prizes, including the Luma Rencontres Book Award, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Premio Celeste and Lens Culture. She has been nominator for the Mack First Book Award, Prix Elysée, MAST Foundation for Photography Grant and Leica Oskar Barnack award amongst others. Since 2012, she is the Managing Editor of Foam Magazine.

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JRNL 5 PHOTOGRAPHERS (alphabetical order)

  1. Mihai Barabancea (Bucharest, Romania)

  2. José Castrellón (Panamá/Brooklyn, NY, USA)

  3. Francesca Corriga (Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy)

  4. Erik Gustafsson (Gothenburg, Sweden)

  5. Jung Ah Hwang (Seoul, South Korea)

  6. Simon Lehner (Vienna, Austria)

  7. Madhavan Palanisamy (Chennai, India)

  8. Ioanna Sakellaraki (Greece/Brussels, Belgium)

  9. Matt Slater (Cape Town, South Africa)

  10. Donavon Smallwood (New York, New York, USA)

  11. Rulx Thork (New York, NY, USA)

  12. Zhidong Zhang (Allston, MA, USA)

June 30 Update: Congratulations to Donavon Smallwood for being awarded both the JRNL 5 Front & Back Covers by Guest Editor Elisa Medde! Delighted to have these quiet, intimate portraits be the face of this summer’s issue.

JRNL 5 front & back covers © Donavon Smallwood, Untitled, 2018

Top Image © Donavon Smallwood