We feel that it is critical to state our solidarity, that BLACK LIVES MATTER, that brutality, racial profiling, and the murder of Black people by the police need to end now.


Breonna Taylor should have turned 27 last week, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbury, Tony McDade, and so many others should still be with us. As a white-run project, we recognize that we will never be able to adequately understand the pain and generational trauma the African American community has faced during the long and violent history of our country. However, we know it is our responsibility to educate ourselves and to take to the streets to demand change.


The history of photography all too often has excluded or exploited marginalized communities. We recognize that photography has been used as a tool of policing and think now, in an age of surveillance, it is important for us to think about the ways photography works to uplift and oppress us. Contemporary arts and culture have been shaped by unrecognized artists of color and it is all of our work as artists and consumers to see, support, and celebrate the historical and contemporary artists and their crucial work. 


Some steps we will be taking are:

-Donating sales of back issues to the National Bail Out Fund for the month of June.

-Working to make our submission process more accessible and welcoming to BIPOC photographers.

-Donating zines to prisons, youth programs, and libraries.

-Working to publish ongoing fundraisers for racial justice organizations. 


As always, Incandescent is a passion project and is priced to be as accessible as possible and never requires submission fees.  We look forward to seeing how this moment in the movement for black lives impacts the future of photography. 

Submissions for issue 18 are open until June 30!


It has been a strange and sad last few months, and it was slow going getting this one out but, Incandescent Issue Seventeen finally is here! Featuring gorgeous work by 14 photographers working with color analog film. We are delighted to have put it into print for you to peruse and ponder.  Issue Seventeen was edited by Marissa Csanyi and Helen Jones and includes a timely and thoughtful introduction by Tasha Bjelić. The cover photo is by J Houston from their series “Tuck + Roll.” To purchase a copy head over to our website and as always keep an eye out on Instagram for updates on Incandescent and Pine Island Press. Stay safe!



We hope everyone is staying well in this challenging time. Progress on Issue Seventeen is moving along slowly, but we wanted to take a moment to share a preview of the upcoming cover featuring an image by J Houston from their series ‘Tuck and Roll’.  Keep an eye out for further updates, and please stay home and stay safe folks.



The next issue is really coming together. It features some wonderful work we can’t wait to get into print. Keep an eye out for more info about Issue Seventeen and the upcoming release date. In the meantime, we are happy to share this list of stellar contributing artists with you today


Issue Seventeen Submissions are closed!

Thank you, everyone! We are delighted with the submissions we received. Now it’s time for us to get to work. We will be in touch with accepted photographers in February. Due to the number of submissions, we are only able to get back to selected photographers. If you don’t hear from us please consider submitting to future issues! Keep an eye on our Instagram and blog for updates about the progress of Issue Seventeen!

Issue Sixteen has arrived

And it’s stunning!  It features outstanding work by 18 photographers working with color analog film. Issue Sixteen was edited by Anna Knecht Schwarzer and Helen Jones, it includes an introduction by Catie Hannigan, and a cover photo is by Marc Newton.  A full list of contributors can be found here. A big thanks to the contributing photographers and those who gave their free time to work on this project! To purchase a copy head over to our website and s always keep an eye out on Instagram for updates on Incandescent and Pine Island Press.




Happy Friday the 13th folks! We thought we’d use this special day to share a preview of the latest cover featuring a photo by Marc Newton ( from his series Sunkist. As well as the good news that Catie Hannigan ( a Portland poet and visual artist has written us a beautiful introduction. It’s all coming together nicely and if we haven’t cursed ourselves you should see the release of Issue sixteen in a couple weeks. Keep an eye on our Instagram for more updates. And don’t forget not to walk under any ladders today.



Issue Sixteen Update

We’re hard at work on Issue sixteen and its going to be a good one. We thought we’d share a list of the contributing photographers. Keep a look out for a sneak peak of the cover in the next couple days and the release of the issue before summer officially leaves us on the 23rd.



Thank you everyone! We are thrilled with the submissions we received. Now it’s time for editors  Anna Knecht Schwarzer and Helen Jones to get to work  putting together this next Issue. We will be in touch with accepted photographers by end of July. If you don’t hear from us please consider submitting to future issues!

One week left to submit to Issue Sixteen!


We are now accepting submissions for Issue Sixteen. The last day to submit is June 30th, 2019.

Submission Guidelines: All images must be shot on color film. Email us up to 12 images or a link to your website.  Please include links directly to bodies of work / images that are both film and color. Email us at Please write “Issue Sixteen Submission” in the subject line. 

Please note, due to the cost of printing color and the amount of contributors for each issue (approximately 20) we unable to give a free zine to all those included. Charging a submission fee upfront would allow us to give contributors copies later, but we are dedicated keeping this call free, open, and available to all. We do offer a discount as close to our printing costs as possible.

Incandescent was dreamt up in 2011 at a sunny picnic table in Portland, Oregon by three friends tired of paying submission fees, and in love with shooting color film. Though we know there are great photos out there of all kinds we decided that day in the backyard to feature color analog photography in this zine. This publication was born out of a love of photography and was never intended to make money. Everyone who works on it has volunteered their time to make it possible. Over the years Incandescent has been based out of an attic, a basement, a car, and a travel trailer, it is a shoestring project, but on that we feel has had beautiful results. Our goal has always been to be able to show new photography at an affordable price without asking for submission fees. So far we have had the honor of sharing the work of over 300 photographers from almost 50 countries around the world.