With the end of a tumultuous, difficult year fast approaching on the horizon, a sense of change grows more manifest as we count down the last days of 2020. We’re of course not just speaking of wintry weather here in the northern hemisphere, but rather of the formidable societal expectations that have built on since entering the new millennium, made it seems only more blatant and urgent after an unprecedented global pandemic. Perhaps a new awareness for our great, common interconnectedness as earthlings can endure from it, as one big sour but potent historical fruit from which to feed world’s hungriness for change. This might exactly be the hopeful underlying narrative of this inaugural 2021 JRNL Issue envisioned by Jacqueline and Erica, offering far reaching photographic rhymes ricochetting across many cultures, and beyond any gendered or racial divide.

GUEST EDITORS: Jacqueline Bates (The California Sunday Magazine) & Erica Deeman (Artist)

Jacqueline Bates is Photography Director of The California Sunday Magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for excellence in photography two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017, and Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she was senior photo editor of W Magazine and worked in the photo departments of ELLEInterview, and Wired. Bates holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, and her work has been exhibited internationally.
@jackiecbates  @californiasunday

Erica Deeman lives and works in San Francisco. She is the recipient of the 2019 Headlands Center for the Arts Residency and currently has a solo exhibition at Anthony Meier Fine Arts. Permanent collections include Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; and Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA. 
www.ericadeeman.com  @erica_deeman 



JRNL 7 PHOTOGRAPHERS (alphabetical order)

  1. Gabriella Baez (Puerto Rico)

  2. Ciro Battiloro (Naples, Italy)

  3. Sakara Birdsong (San Francisco, CA, USA)

  4. Juan Brenner (Guatemala City, Guatemala)

  5. Atefeh Farajolahzadeh (Chicago, IL, USA/Iran)

  6. Charles Lee (Berkeley, CA, USA)

  7. Jarod Lew (Detroit, MI, USA)

  8. Daniel Mebarek (Paris, France)

  9. Marisol Mendez (Cochabamba, Bolivia)

  10. Georgina Reskala (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

  11. Sasha Tivetsky (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

  12. Johanna Young (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Congratulations to the first 12 winning photographers of 2021! We look forward to kicking off a new exciting year with the Winter 2021 Issue! Also congrats to JRNL 7 Covers Award winner Marisol Mendez! Our sincere thanks – and appreciation – to all the photographers who submitted their work for consideration: while your name may not be up there today, please know you are no stranger to us or to the guest editors who thoroughly enjoyed getting the chance to connect with you all this fall!

We encourage you to further explore the work of each JRNL 7 selected photographer by clicking on their names linked to their Instagram handles!

Ready to order? Get your JRNL 7 print copy in the mail here! 

Top Image © Marisol Mendez