Photoworks call for LGBTQ+ photography projects

The Photoworks Annual, a highly collectable publication showcasing emerging and established talent is now open for submissions. The theme this year aims to highlight LGBTQ+ rights and explore the role of photography in representing LGBTQ+ issues.

The next issue of Photoworks Annual will explore how photography and visual culture can be used to foreground LGBTQ+ rights.

The Editors are currently looking for fully-resolved projects responding to photography’s role within LGBTQ+ communities and invite UK and international artists at any stage of their career to submit suitable new or previously unpublished work.

The international photography and visual culture journal, Photoworks Annual is known for showcasing emerging talents alongside established names and for pairing writing from the forefront of photographic thinking with expertise from beyond the conventional art world.

Each themed issue includes a presentation of four projects chosen from open call, alongside an essay about the selected works, commissioned from a high-profile writer. In addition to folios selected for print publication, a number of short-listed entries will be selected for online publication as a showcase.

Looking at contributions from both the UK and beyond, Photoworks Annual Issue 24, to be published in November 2017, will chart contemporary and historical contributions to the debate, present first-hand accounts from practitioners, examine censorship, explore representations of communities with overlapping identities, look at the formation of groups that exist only online, and present research of photography projects aiding LGBTQ+ suicide prevention.

The Annual editorial group includes Celia Davies, Director at Photoworks and Mariama Attah, Curator at Photoworks.


Mariama Attah

Mariama explains:

‘By asking “what is the relationship between photography and these communities?” and “why is this important now?” our aim is to produce an informed and truly engaging publication, maintaining interest and relevance for years to come.’

‘Each Photoworks Annual gives us the chance to really explore a theme in detail, pulling together artists, curators, editors and others to explore how photography and visual culture shape our understanding and approach to life. Recent issues have focused on Style & Identity, Women, Collaboration, and Family Politics and every issue introduces our readers to new voices.

‘Following many long-term Photoworks projects focused on LGBTQ+ communities, and with this year’s 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England & Wales, we thought now was a great time to take a close look at photography’s relationship to LGBTQ+ issues.

‘I’m always inspired by our open submission folio section. It really allows us to see and present new work that might not otherwise be seen. We’re not after images that have been seen in print elsewhere, but work published online is eligible.

It’s hugely encouraging to see the submissions we’ve had so far showing such a broad range of approaches and responses to this issue’s theme. There will be certainly be plenty for our commissioned writer to get their teeth into.’

Details of how to submit work can be found on the Photoworks website. Submissions should include 5-10 images from a single series and a short supporting statement of up to 300 words.

Deadline is 5pm GMT Friday 7 July 2017