Incandescent will be taking a hiatus, but don’t worry, we will be putting out Issue Twenty first!

Incandescent was created as a space to foster emerging photographers and get their work into print without paying submission fees. To date, we have featured over 350 outstanding photographers from almost 50 countries around the world.  

I want to express my sincere gratitude to the editors, writers, and photographers who have been involved through the years. It has been a joy, as well as a struggle, to keep it up. This zine was never intended to make money, and no one that works on it has ever been paid for their efforts. 

Over time printing costs have almost doubled, collaborators have moved on to new endeavors, and a pandemic has disrupted all of our lives. Issue Twenty seemed like an appropriate time to pause and work on making this project more sustainable for the future. Most importantly, how not to lose money on each pressing.

As Issue Twenty may be the last time Incandescent comes out in its current format, we wanted to give everyone a chance to get their submissions in. The Issue Twenty deadline is now September 15th. Please spread the word about this call.

We are thrilled to be working with the upcoming guest editor Aishwarya Arumbakkam. Aishwarya is an incredible photographer, and her keen eye for editing and sequencing will be sure to make it a stellar issue. 

After Issue Twenty is released, we will take about a year off from publishing Incandescent to consider and implement changes. If you have ideas, feel free to share them with us. Do you know of a good grant for us? Places to sell the zine or to share calls? Would you like Incandescent to include black and white or digital work? Please keep in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Running this project for the last decade has been a tremendous honor that would not have been possible without our supporters, so thank you!

-Helen Jones, editor

Issue Nineteen is Here!

We are so excited to share this fantastic work with you. Issue Nineteen was edited by Anna Knecht Schwarzer and Helen Jones; it features stunning work by 16 talented photographers, an insightful introduction by Heather M. O’Brien, and a beautiful cover image by Erika Nina Suárez. A complete list of contributors can be found here. Browse or buy in our shop at


The deadline for Issue 20 is coming and we are very excited to welcome Aishwarya Arumbakkam as a guest editor for the issue! Get your submissions in by on August 31st!

Aishwarya Arumbakkam is a multidisciplinary visual artist working across photography, filmmaking and drawing. Emerging from her interest in cultural narratives, her work finds expression in mythological and personal stories.

Intro Writer: Heather M. O’Brien

We are grateful to have Heather M. O’Brien’s writing and reflections to carry us into the images in the upcoming issue.

An artist, filmmaker, and Assistant Professor of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University, Heather’s work builds encounters with familial archives, constructs of nationhood, and the illusion of accurate memory. Research interests include expanded cinema, photographic histories, and the contemporary essay film. She received an MFA in Photography & Media from California Institute of the Arts, and a Director’s Fellowship from the Creative Practices Program at the International Center of Photography New York; her projects have been featured in numerous publications. More at

Test printing is about to start! Keep an eye out for a sneak peek of the cover next week and the release of Issue Nineteen in early August!


We’re hard at work on Issue nineteen and it’s gonna be beautiful. We thought we’d share a list of the contributing photographers with you for now. Keep a look out for a sneak peak of the cover in the next couple of weeks.

Incandescent Issue Eighteen is here!

It features beautiful work by 14 photographers working with color analog film.  Issue Eighteen was edited by Anna Knecht Schwarzer and Helen Jones and includes an introduction by Andy Pham and a cover image is by Kirra Kimbrel.  A full list of contributors can be found here.

Price change

Here at Incandescent, we aim to make a publication that features and supports new photography and photographers at an affordable price without asking for submission fees. We are dedicated to keeping this call free, open, and available to all.

Over the last nine years, we have kept the cover price of the publication at $14, even as expenses went up, in an effort to keep it accessible. Unfortunately, the time has come to raise the price. Starting with Issue Eighteen Incandescent will now cost $16. This should help us to cover printing costs while staying affordable for our patrons.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. Please know that this project is a labor of love—no one involved is paid—we do this for the joy of photography!

Issue Nineteen Call

Since we are still wrapping up up printing Issue Eighteen this month we have extended the call for Issue Nineteen. The last day to submit to Issue Nineteen will now be January 31st 2021. For more info check out our submissions page.


Hello folks, the pandemic has slowed us down a bit, but we wanted to share some progress! So, here is a preview of the upcoming cover to Issue Eighteen, featuring an image by Kira Kimbrell. Stay tuned for more updates. And, be sure to vote y’all!!!