The Journal is a photography collective of several hundred women and non-binary photographers who have come together to create a global network for creativity and support while giving insight into their lives around the world.
In March 2020, when it became evident that many photographers were losing income and work opportunities while living in isolation, Charlotte Schmitz went to the Women Photograph community and asked a question: “What if hundreds of creative women photographers in 100+ countries document their private spaces and daily lives during Covid-19?”
With the help of the photographer Hannah Yoon and Friendzone.Studio, Charlotte created The Journal. It is the first time in history that hundreds of women and non-binary photographers from around the world have digitally and collectively organized, curated, and expressed themselves through the medium of photography.
From intimate moments in everyday life to protests against injustice, the members have been documenting and sharing impactful visual stories that go beyond the pandemic. As a member-run photography collective, The Journal has been expanding towards more community projects, while committing to providing low-cost, accessible mentorship and artistic support for aspiring photographers around the world.
Curated by Verena Kaspar-Eisert and Charlotte Schmitz, the exhibition features a series of photographs by six photographers from The Journal who were selected from an internal open call to represent the photography collective at Foto Wien 2022. From Buenos Aires to Cairo, their photographs tackle the private, political, feminist, and social issues that cover the six cities where the artists live, showing diverse perspectives of women and non-binary photographers around the globe.
Aalia Cid, Elisabetta Zavoli, Laurence Philomene, Mariana Greif, Rehab Eldalil, Serra Akcan CID