Juggalography is a disposable-camera project collaboratively run by two artists, Lucy Owen and Ryan Lehr.
It was devised as a response to negative feedback from Juggalos regarding “outsiders” who attend events to take photos only to use the results to portray Juggalos, and their subculture, in a negative light. Aside from redressing this imbalance, we felt putting the camera into the hands of Juggalos themselves would be far more interesting. Why be yet another gawker at the spectacle when you can have a ringside seat and see what a Juggalo sees?
The project launched in Detroit on Devil’s Night, (30th October 2014) and on Halloween itself (31st October 2014) at two major events in the Juggalo calendar, Frightfest and Hallowicked. We gave out 12 cameras to the crowd with the instruction to take pictures of whatever they liked and return the cameras to us either on the night or by mail. Five cameras came back to us and the pictures can be seen in the 2014 gallery.
We gave out cameras again at this year’s Gathering of the Juggalos festival in July. We were immensely pleased with the enthusiastic reception we got for the idea and honoured to find some very well known faces inn Juggalo world keen to become Juggalographers for the week! These photos are in the 2015 Gallery. All pictures are also archived by camera as we receive them (there’s a drop down menu at the top of the page) some people chose to remain anonymous and their films are categorized by number, others are labelled by name.
We will be running the project again this Halloween in Detroit, and we hope to see Juggalography grow and grow. Future plans include sending cameras out far and wide to Juggalos to capture life as it unfolds wherever they may be.
If you are a Juggalo or Juggalette and you would like to take part we would love to hear from you!