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|'Jamie Johnson: Growing Up Travelling' on view at Leica Gallery Los Angeles|
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA.- I have spent my entire career photographing children all over the world. The last several years I have focused my eyes on the Irish Traveller that live in caravans on the side of the road or in open fields throughout Ireland. The Traveller community are an Irish nomadic indigenous ethnic minority. There is no recorded date as to when Travellers first came to Ireland. This is lost to history but Travellers have been recorded to exist in Ireland as far back as history is recorded.
Even with their great history they live as outsiders to society and face unbelievable discrimination growing up. Unlike most children they are unable to refer to a history book to learn about their ancestors, a part of this journey was being able to document an era that is so different to any other I have photographed. It is one that is and will always be rapidly changing, every time I visit it is a whole different world yet with the relationships I have been lucky enough to make, it seems to feel like I never left. I am exponentially grateful the young people documented and that I have come in contact with over my years. Jamie Johnson
Jamie Johnson is a photographer specializing in children documentary projects and well as wet plate collodion photography. As a mother and documentary photographer whose bread and butter comes from photography, Jamie's passion for faces of the next generation has been a life long focus. She has traveled the world, capturing images of children and childhood around the globe. From Laos to Cuba, from the Amazon to Mongolia, around the world and back, she has found a universality in the world of children, and her passion grows stronger with each new adventure. The lifestyles, cultures, and traditions of growing up around the world are closely examined in her photos, and each connection she makes with her young new subjects creates lifelong friendships with the families.
Her wet plate collodion series, Vices, has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums from Los Angeles, London, and Paris, has been published in dozens of magazines, and is in the permanent collection of several museums. Her documentary work with children has been included in the Critical Mass Top 50 in 2017 and 2019 and has a huge collectors base of A-list celebrities.
Her first monograph, Growing Up Travelling, was published by Kehrer Verlag in September 2020, and has been named Best Book of 2020 in many popular publications. In Fall of 2021 she won Photographer of the Year 2021 for her work with the Irish Traveller children.
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