SITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION (relaunch late 2013)
In the meantime:
If you submitted work for Represent, the follow-up to The Black Female Body: A Photographic History (see below), please consider submitting work for the exhibition at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago for which I am guest juror.
CALL FOR ARTWORK: The Photographic Self (pdf)
Invitation to all women artists worldwide to submit photography and photo-based work depicting the ‘Self’ (the work does not necessarily have to be a traditional portrait or self-representation. This exhibition is open to any form of photography, including traditional processes, digital and video. Also encouraged is artwork in other mediums- for example, artist books, sculpture, mixed media – where photography is an intrinsic element.
Online Entries Submit jpgs of up to three of your works on our website.
Juror: Carla Williams is a writer, editor, and photographer. She is author of numerous essays and articles about photography and is co-author of two histories of photography, including The Black Female Body: A Photographic History with Deborah Willis. Williams is Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and is editor of the Chroma book series for the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Final Entry Deadline: July 3, 2013
5/24: I am preparing to leave for the summer, so if you haven't heard back from me, stay tuned! I will contact individual photographers once I get settled in New Orleans after June 8.
Also, for clarification, this isn't an "in" or "out" project—I am writing about photo-based work by black women artists that has been produced since 2000 of the broadly defined black female body, so if someone has submitted work, it informs the structure and content of the book, and will be included in the discussion. This is a survey of work being made, so the submissions define what that work is and what the discussion will be.
As I write, I will contact individuals for more information where needed—some people sent statements, some did not—it wasn't required. I won't know until the text is further along or completed (end of summer) exactly which work I will request from whom for reproduction—that will, in part, depend on the publisher and budget for the production.
Thanks and Happy Summer!
3/31: Thank you to all of the women who have submitted their work to be included in this volume. If I haven't replied to you individually already I do plan to do so, so please bear with me.
As I previously mentioned, I've gotten great response to this call for work--much more than I anticipated, which means this book is going to be fantastic!
I am now in the phase of organizing images and plan to write the book this summer in New Orleans (if you're there, please let me know--I would love to see/meet you!), and I remain open to receive work up basically until the book goes to press. As I work on both the book and the redesign of this site, I will provide updates here, so stay tuned.
I am working on a follow-up to The Black Female Body: A Photographic History, which I co-authored with Deborah Willis and which was published almost 11 years ago (and is long out of print).
The follow-up volume (working title Represent!) will focus on the representation of black women by black women artists and work created since 2000. (Deb is not co-authoring this with me.)
I am seeking work by contemporary African diaspora women photographic artists that addresses the black female body. This can include representational work, the absence of the body (eg., landscapes), etc.--however you're conceptualizing black women's bodies.
Please send your information/links to bodies of work/queries, etc., to email@example.com.