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PHOTO-EMPHASIS   /   Deadline: 07/05/20

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PHOTO-EMPHASIS is pleased to announce BACKTALK, our fifth juried exhibition.

We're looking to exhibit fresh, diverse work by emerging and established artists.

What is missing from contemporary photographic discourse? Who is missing from contemporary photographic discourse? Now more than ever, it's imperative to critically examine the photographic canon, to expand it to include who and what is missing. We want to see work that is irreverent, that challenges authority, and calls bullshit on prevailing notions of what photography is and should be in 2020.

BACKTALK, juried by Aaron Turner, will consist of an online exhibition hosted here on the PHOTO-EMPHASIS website, as well as a smaller physical exhibition at The Center for Photographers of Color at the University of Arkansas. (The physical exhibition will be scheduled and held at a later date, when it is safe to do so.)


The Center for Photographers of Color at the Univeristy of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR, and online




– Online: Any contemporary artist using photography or photographic materials, including alternative/historic processes, and non-lens-based work is eligible for the online exhibition.

– Physical: It is the Center's mission to promote the work of emerging and under-represented lens-based artist of color. As such, only work by artists who identify as a person of color will be considered for the physical exhibition.


Instructions: Submit all the required materials to our Google Form:

1 - 3 images (jpg, 1500px long side, 72ppi, sRGB, sequenced: last-first-01.jpg)
Artist/project statement
Link to website
Proof of submission fee payment (see below)
*Please note: failure to follow these specifications will result in disqualification


Juror's Choice of the online exhibition will receive a limited edition mystery silver print by the juror.

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