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So you want to learn about Bokeh?

Bokeh is the photo blog of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (

Roughly translated, bokeh means ‘the aesthetic quality of the blur in that part of the unfocused image.’ Much like the definition itself, this site aims to bring into focus those oft overlooked aspects of juvenile justice and youth culture.

Bringing together photojournalism from, renowned fine art photographers, and work from teens across the U.S in our Youth Report section, Bokeh presents a visual narrative of what it means to be young in America, and abroad.

Installments from Guggenheim Fellow Richard Ross’ “Juvenile-In-Justice” project appear bi-monthly on the site. For the past six years Ross has photographed and interviewed youth in juvenile detention centers across the United States. The stunning collection of photographs that resulted from his laborious work shines a light on an area of juvenile justice often held behind lock-and-key.

Interested in publishing your work on Bokeh? You can submit your work HERE, or contact us at:



Read the introduction by JJIE editor John Fleming:

‘Celebrating the Power of the Still: Photography and its Place in Our Lives’

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