Fixing Shadows is always looking for new contributions. We have at our disposal a fair amount of space and all contributions will remain on line until the space starts giving out. At that point work will start being rotated off, but that will not be for a while yet.
At the moment we are interested in four (interelated) types of contributions. The work of individual photographers, photographs of a historic interest, found photographs, and family photographs. We will be adding a fifth section on ethnographic photography in the months to come.
Individual work: Fixing Shadows' heros are Weegee and Edward Weston, they have held this honor for many years. Any work that falls within the range the two define would be considered appropriate. There are exceptions (Nell Dorr, Carol Hudson, and Ray Nelson) and there will probably be more in the future. But in general, we are interested in "straight photography."
The work must be personal and must hang together. Contributors are expected to provide informative texts - descriptive, poetic, technical - whatever so long as they place the photographs. The photographic sequence can be devoted to a topic, or represent a general orientation, a considered perspective. Examine carefully what is already in place.
Fixing Shadows is totally non-commercial - it exists because of the generous support of the University of Virginia. This does not exclude commercial photographers. Photographers have to earn a living! However we are not interested in stock photographs nor are we prepared to promote the sale of photographic work. A photographer gains exposure. Any monitory return would come from the exposure alone.
Historic photographs: The possibilities here are unending: the work of particular photographers, of a certain angle on photography, or on a single topic within photography. We are prepared to run an abstrast, with photographs, of a recently published book on some aspect of the history of photography. We will happily give a link to the author's publisher, if the publisher is "on the web." The setup for Jay Ruby's Secure the Shadow [MIT Press] is what we have in mind.
Before you do anything email us, at Fixing Shadows, describing your work. In order to have it reviewed it is best that you have posted somewhere on the web a good sample of your work. If that is impossible then you can send us, via email attachments jpg scans. A sample of a 12 or more would be necessary. The photographs will be made available to the Fixing Shadows group, which includes all of contributors already present on the site. Any sets accepted must come with an explanatory text. Please look at what is up already to gain an idea of what is expected.
Sending photographs and texts does not guarantee that they will be included on Fixing Shadows. The work will be given serious consideration and a judgement will be made.
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