Delighted to celebrate the official start of summer by announcing guest editor Mariama Attah’s final selection of 12 photographers to soon grace the JRNL pages this season! As the world slowly reopens after a long pandemic hiatus, filtered by long, gleaming rays of both light and hopes, a shift can be felt at its every corner from big-picture thinking and reflecting down to everyday life minute gestures. A lot of uncertainty remains as to what lies ahead, the timing and duration of this moment of respite, and the different hybridized reality that seems to have taken root under a Covid-spun global crisis. Yet optimism sets in. The firm will and belief in our common ability to meet a better tomorrow. Our minds and thoughts now in the grips of unflinching human aspirations, rather than ineffable fear. The switch is inevitable, for it belongs to our true nature molded by countless, probably far worse, precedents since the dawn of our age. And so are we switched by the wonderful works assembled here which, while picturing many of our doubts, of our somber questioning, and certainly the fundamental shortsightedness of our order, do so on the premise that such a moment as this one, right now, is sure to always arrive. Not unlike a ray of light, lost in vast, dark space and time, until it too finally arrives, at the break of a new day.

GUEST EDITOR: MARIAMA ATTAH (Curator at Open Eye Gallery)

Mariama Attah is a photography curator, writer and lecturer with a particular interest in overlooked visual histories, and how photography and visual culture can be used to amplify underrepresented voices. Mariama is curator of Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. She was previously Assistant Editor of Foam Magazine. Prior to this, she was Curator of Photoworks, where she was responsible for developing and curating programs and events including Brighton Photo Biennial and was also Commissioning and Managing Editor of the yearly magazine Photoworks Annual.


JRNL 9 PHOTOGRAPHERS (alphabetical order)

  1. Akosua Viktoria Adu-Sanyah (Switzerland)

  2. Clement Chan (Taiwan)

  3. Emerald Arguelles (USA)

  4. Emilia Martin (Poland)

  5. Forest Kelley (USA)

  6. Julie Hamel (USA)

  7. Paloma Dooley (USA)

  8. Solenne Spitalier (France/USA)

  9. Todd Molinari (USA)

  10. Tom Lyon (Belgium)

  11. Tudor Prisacariu (Romania)

  12. Zinnia Naqvi (Canada)

Congratulations to the 12 Summer 2021 selected photographers, and big thanks to Mariama for all her time reviewing the many other compelling works submitted! We look forward to bringing to print a most inspiring ninth JRNL issue in July, and to lending each of its published artists all the visibility and attention they deserve!

* July 5 Update * Big congrats to Emilia Martin for winning both the front & back covers of JRNL 10!

* July 24 Update * Print copies now available at this store link!


Top Image © EMILIA MARTIN, The Absent Sky, 2021. From the series ‘Far From here, Where Darkness Lie’