©Dek Unu Arts, 2020

Images: ©Jamie Johnson


This is Dek Unu Magazine.  In Esperanto, dek unu means "eleven."   Eleven Images from a single artist. Eleven artists in eleven solo issues each year.

Dek Unu publishes the work of a new photoartist in each issue. The artist's work and words are featured alone and in individual focus as the sole purpose for each issue of the magazine.  Unlike other arts and letters magazines which might look for work from a variety of artists to support an editorial staff's theme, at Dek Unu, theme and imagery are always each artist's own.

Jamie Johnson has spent 20 years as a professional photographer specializing in documentary projects involving children.  She has photographed children from Laos to Cuba, from the Amazon to India.  This project, constructed over repeated visits to Ireland, focuses on Irish Travellers, the much-maligned and isolated ethnic minority that has alternately withdrawn from and fought against discrimination for centuries.

Beneath the divisions and distinctions of adult reality, Johnson  finds a universality in the world of children and her work celebrates the faces of the next generation of Travellers.  These black and white environmental portraits show these kids as they are, both guarded and open, both private and proud, and as they want to be seen, candid and confident, stylish and strong.

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