Junior Magazine is a photographic journal that provides a platform for emerging talent in Irish photography. We seek to foster a new photographic community and shine a spotlight on outstanding work that is too often overlooked.
Welcome to our second issue.
JUNIOR 2: THE FREEDOM ISSUE
A lot has changed in the year since we launched Junior 1. We are living in a brave new world. The United States, in an exercise of pure unadulterated democracy, has given us “The Donald”. Britain just pulled the trigger on Article 50. Ireland is edging ever-closer to a revolution on reproductive-rights. Ellius has long hair now.
So what better time than now? A time when fake news leaks out of our screens, when memes decide elections, and when the future seems uncertain. What better time than now to have a think about freedom?
We give you: The Freedom Issue.
Within these pages we dissect and discuss the many notions of freedom. From it’s definition to its antithesis, from the macro to the micro, and from the past into the future. We will be presenting project features from some of Ireland’s most promising photographers.
Additionally, we will be mixing photographs with the written word as some of Ireland’s emerging literary talent respond to images from Clare Lyons, Darragh Soden and more.
Junior triumphs the art of the personal project. We provide a home for the magic that happens when photographers are given total freedom to execute their vision.
This issue will be something special. We can’t wait for you to see it.
THE JUNIOR TEAM
Junior is headed by Ellius Grace and George Voronov who have worked together to create a new framework for the magazine and curate the work featured in this issue. Ellius is a portrait and fashion photographer with a crippling jelly-snake addiction and George is a documentary and editorial photographer whose home-made coffee is classified as a Class A substance.
This time around we are joined by the talented and wonderful Joshua Fanning who has come on-board as our new creative director. His main task is to talk George and Ellius down when they try to convince him that “No, Comic Sans is totally coming back”. Give him a big round of applause.
FUNDING AND REWARDS
Let’s just be real honest here for a second. Making a print magazine is tough. The reality is that it is almost impossible to find brands willing to advertise in a boutique photography publication with a small print run. It’s harder again to find enough of them to cover printing costs in their entirety. So we figured that if we were going to be asking you for money regardless we may as well avoid bombarding you with ads for Joe’s Burrito Shack (Sorry Joe).
That’s why we’re back where we started. We believe that getting funding directly from the people that care about our content is the most direct and the most honest way to go. In exchange, we promise to delivery a truly great magazine. We want to create something we are proud of, something that elevates the work of our talented photographers and hopefully something that inspires those who read it.
Our reward tiers are structured around getting the work of our photographers into the hands of our generous backers. By supporting this project your donations serve as an investment into the output of homegrown artists.
We have two options for our initial rewards depending on whether you want to collect them in person or if you want them delivered.
1. If you want to pick up your reward in person please select the rewards titled "Pick Up".
2. Alternatively, if you want your rewards delivered to your home address please select the rewards marked "Delivered".
Rewards will be available for collection from 18.00 on 25 May until 18.00 on 28 May from The Library Project, Temple Bar.
THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS
We have already locked-off content and completed the lion’s share of design work on Junior 2. At the time of writing, we will be preparing our first batch of test prints in approximately two weeks time. We are using high quality materials and quality printing to guarantee a finish that feels great in your hands. We will ensure that Junior emerges from the press as an object worthy of your love.
With Junior 1, we wanted to create a printed object that not only showcased the work but also acted as a piece of art in itself. While we loved the first issue it was very much a product of its circumstances: two people making their first ever magazine. This time around we are bringing a wealth of experience and a new design direction to the production that will be sure to elevate the quality of Junior to another level.
THE CAST OF JUNIOR 2
In curating our first issue, we placed a huge importance on showcasing a wide variety of work in order to do justice to the diversity and talent present in Ireland. We are proud to say that the work in the second issue has expanded our horizons even further. The work in Junior 2 truly explores the possibilities of the medium while still being grounded in providing real human stories.
THE LIBRARY PROJECT HOSTS: THE JUNIOR TAKEOVER 22-28 MAY
To celebrate the launch of The Freedom Issue we will be hosting a week-long takeover of the Library Project as part of this year’s Photoireland Festival. We will be opening our doors on 22 May with Junior 2 launching on Thursday 25 May.
We want the launch of our second issue to be harder, better, fast and stronger than the last one. Everyone is welcome and we would love to meet anyone who is as stoked about photography as we are. We have some interesting things lined up for our takeover which we will be announcing as our Kickstarter marches on.
In the meanwhile, please follow along with our progress in making Junior Magazine a reality:
Words cannot articulate how much we appreciate your donations.
Thank you so much, we quite literally cannot do it without you,
George and Ellius
Risks and challenges
Having produced our first issue, we are keenly aware of all of the elements that go into making a print magazine. Our content is in. Our magazine is all but designed. Our printers are ready. The only challenge that remains is fund raising, everything else is ready to go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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