Paper Journal goes into print

Trained in photography at Westminster University, Patricia Karallis set up Paper Journal in 2013 and swiftly gained a reputation for her discerning eye for images. For five years the magazine ran online only, racking up more than 500 interviews, features, photo book reviews, fashion features, and studio visits, and attracting well over 150,000 followers to its Instagram feed. It’s now gone into print for the first time, and the photographers featured in it reads like a who’s who of interesting contemporary image-makers, including Daniel Shea, Gregory Halpern, Matthew Connors, Rafal Milach, Senta Simond, Kristine Potter, and Stephanie Moshammer, as well as less familiar names such as Joseph Kadow, Nhu Xuan Hua, and Xiaopeng Yuan.

“Considering our love and ongoing support for photography, photobooks, and the community at large, we thought it was a natural transition and one that will hopefully cement us more firmly as a respected resource,” Karallis told BJP when issue 01 was still a work in progress.

“In order for us to continue sharing high-quality content, we felt it was an important step forward to engage with our readers in a new and different way. Our first issue sits between being a magazine and a photobook. We have many different sections on the site, which we have translated into the print edition.

To celebrate, Paper Journal is holding an exhibition and a launch at an equally well-respected home for new photography – London’s Webber Gallery. Open from 31 August – 12 September, the exhibition will feature work by artists included in Paper Journal 01; it will kick off with a launch event on 30 August, at which copies of the magazine will be available. Contact to attend.

Paper Journal 01 exhibition and launch opens from 6.30pm-9pm at Webber Gallery, 18 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PE. The exhibition runs until 12 September. Paper Journal 01 is also available via the Paper Journal website, priced £22

© Senta Simond
© Xiaopeng Yuan
© Stefanie Moshammer
© Patrick Bienert
© Nhu Xuan Hua
© Matthew Connors
© Lola Pani
© Kristine Potter
© Joseph Kadow
Front cover Paper Journal 01
Back cover Paper Journal 01
Spread from Paper Journal 01 showing image © Daniel Shea
Spread from Paper Journal 01 showing images © Daniel Shea
Spread from Paper Journal 01 showing image © Lola and Pani
Spread from Paper Journal 01 showing images © Matthew Connors
Spread from Paper Journal 01 showing images © Nhu Xuan Hua
Spread from Paper Journal 01 showing images © Rafal Milach
Spread from Paper Journal 01 showing images © Senta Simond
Spread from Paper Journal 01 showing images © Farah Al Qasimi


Diane Smyth

Diane Smyth is the editor of BJP, returning for a second stint on staff in 2023 - after 15 years on the team until 2019. As a freelancer, she has written for The Guardian, FT Weekend Magazine, Creative Review, Aperture, FOAM, Aesthetica and Apollo. She has also curated exhibitions for institutions such as The Photographers Gallery and Lianzhou Foto Festival. You can follow her on instagram @dismy