Please join me in submitting your work for this special SDN program on June 17.
Dear SDN Photographers,
Please join me in submitting your documentary projects for this special SDN program—From Tulsa to Minneapolis: Photographing the Long Road to Justice—commemorating a unique time in the history of the struggle for racial equality, justice, and recognition in America.
All U.S.-based Black documentary photographers are encouraged to enter this Call for Entries.
On the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre and the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, I will co-host a special SDN event on Thursday, June 17 with Black photographers from the SDN community documenting the ongoing struggle for equality, recognition, and racial justice in America.
One hundred years ago this Memorial Day weekend, mobs of white residents of Tulsa attacked Black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, resulting in the single worst incident of racial violence in American history. The attack destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the district—at that time the wealthiest Black community in the United States and known as "Black Wall Street". More than 800 people were admitted to hospitals, and as many as 6,000 Black residents were detained, many of them for several days. A 2001 state commission examination of events gave several estimates of deaths, ranging from 75 to 300.
Ninety nine years later, on Memorial Weekend 2020, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt his knee on the neck of George Floyd's while he was facing down and handcuffed. Nearly nine minutes later, after pleading with Chauvin that he could not breath, George Floyd died of asphyxiation. What followed was massive and sustained demonstrations for racial justice in America and other parts of the world. Nearly a year later on April 20, Chauvin was convicted of murder, and now awaiting sentencing.
This hundred year period includes the Civil Rights Era, the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and so many other Black victims of police violence and racial injustice. Many of these events, large and small, have been photographed by Black photographers right up to the writing of this letter. We want to see your images at this special program.
SDN will feature 3-5 images from all submitted projects in a virtual slide show, and invite six photographers to present and discuss their work during a panel discussion open to the entire SDN community on June 17th—two days prior to the Juneteenth holiday.
Selected work will also be featured in the fall issue of ZEKE magazine. One entry will be awarded a $500 cash prize for best-of-show.
To enter, we are asking U.S.-based Black documentary photographers to either send us links to their existing galleries on SDN, or links to new galleries, by June 8.
Submitted work can be any documentary project by a US-based Black photographer where the primary subject is also Black—whether engaged in the struggle for justice, victims of injustice, or documenting the everyday life of being a person of color in the U.S.
There is no fee to submit to this Call for Entries.
How to submit your work to From Tulsa to Minneapolis:
If you already have a live project on SDN, you can just submit the URL for that project.
If you have an expired project, you can submit the title of the project. You can get this from your SDN account under the Exhibits tab. SDN will make the project live at no cost, following your submission.
You can also create a new project on SDN, and once the project is live, you can submit the URL to this project. (There is no cost to create a project on the SDN website.) If you are new to SDN, click here for instructions on how to create an exhibit on the SDN website.