PHOTOGRAPHS OF BLACK LIVES MATTER GRAFFITI ART
PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK AND EXHIBITION BY TAMMY CROMER
Jurors: Chris Johnson & Letitia Huckaby
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On May 25, 2020 after the death of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter or BLM graffiti art began appearing in Dallas, Texas. Sadly, just three months later, on August 23, another incident of racial injustice occurred when police shot Jacob Blake seven times, as three of his children watched. Blake is now facing possible paralysis from the waist down.
BLM graffiti art continued to show up in cities across the country and the world as more instances of racism and police brutality were brought to light. Protests happened in Kenosha, Wisconsin and BLM Graffiti Art appeared on boarded-up windows. Portland, Oregon continues to protest, and more graffiti is painted. Then, Breonna Taylor’s verdict is announced, and no officers are charged. More protests occur and more communities express themselves through BLM Graffiti Art.
BOTH © 2020 Tammy Cromer
Statement from Organizer and Photographer, Tammy Cromer: “The BLM Graffiti Art grabbed my attention as I rode my bicycle through Deep Ellum and Downtown Dallas. The art was so full of power and emotion. It seemed to capture this time in history as Americans protested across America. I wanted to do something to immortalize this art and showcase the Black Lives Matter movement. I believe a photographic record complied in a substantial book would be a powerful statement.”
Photographs chosen for the book will be featured in a virtual exhibition as well an exhibition at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, Texas.
Juror Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson studied photography with Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and Wynn Bullock and has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation (w/Hank Willis Thomas); AICA Mellon Foundation Grant for Photography and Polaroid Foundation Artist Grants.
Chris Johnson is the creator of the Question Bridge project and co-Director w/ Hank Willis Thomas of Question Bridge: Black Males, Winner of the 2015 ICP Infinity Award
As co-producer of performance works with Suzanne Lacy, grants from The Rockefeller Foundation Walter and Elise Haas; LEF Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Tamarack Foundation, McKesson Foundation; work in the collection of Smithsonian Institution, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum, Center For Creative Photography.
Juror Leticia Huckaby
Letitia Huckaby has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston in photography and her Master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. Huckaby has exhibited as an emerging artist at Phillips New York, the Tyler Museum of Art, The Studio School of Harlem, the Camden Palace Hotel in Cork City, Ireland, and the Texas Biennial at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Her work is included in several prestigious collections; the Library of Congress, the McNay Art Museum, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and the Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Huckaby was a featured artist in MAP2020: The Further We Roll, The More We Gain at the Amon Carter Museum and State of the Art 2020 at The Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum, both opened in the spring of 2020. She is currently a Fall 2020 Artist in Residence at ArtPace.
About TAMMY CROMER PHOTOGRAPHY | GALLERY
Tammy Cromer previously had a contemporary photography gallery committed to exhibiting work by emerging and established photographers in a wide range of styles. The gallery’s artistic program proudly supported artists who were interested in issues of ecology and society. In addition, the gallery held regular exhibitions dedicated to Lomography™, and had sponsorship by Holga cameras since 2009. Tammy Cromer has worked with various public institutions, private collectors, and curators, maintaining an active voice in supporting local and internationally recognized photographers.
The gallery was established in 2006 in Longview, and moved to the Dallas Design District in 2016. During that time Tammy Cromer Gallery has shown work by Dan Burkholder, Susan Burnstine, Sonia Katchian, Kenny Braun, Robert Langham, O. Rufus Lovett, John Willis, Guy Reynolds, and The Texas Photographic Society, among others. Our gallery is now Virtual.
In 2006 University of North Texas Press published her first book, Fruit of the Orchard/Environmental Justice in East Texas. Fruit of the Orchard addresses the sociological consequences of economic change, and examines the long-term effects of modern technology on the human condition. “My involvement with the Winona Community has already heightened my sense of my own responsibility as a photographer to go beyond mere documentation and presentation, in order to embrace the more fundamental ethic of using my talents and skills to convey messages that need to be heard”. This project documented an African American community being polluted, so the company could make a profit. With Phyllis Glazer’s activism and money, and my photographs, we shut down the facility in two short years.
Deadline for Photographs of the Black Lives Matter Graffiti Art International call for entry is August 31, 2021, Midnight CST!
The entry fee of $35 for up to 5 images. Entries may enter up to 10 images only at $5 each additional.
When emailing digital files
1. Files should be 1280 pixels in the longest dimension saved in the JPEG format on high quality setting (not maximum). Images should be sampled at 72ppi and saved in the sRGB color space. Email entries to email@example.com
2. Label each file with consecutive numbers followed by your Last name, and first name initial .ie CromerT_01 - no spaces and only alpha-numeric characters.
3. Be sure and copyright your images in Photoshop in the “file info”.
All accepted photographs are for sale. The commission charged will be 50% of the sales price. Print your name, Graffiti Artist name (if known) address, telephone numbers (work and home), and sales amount for each print accepted.
Tammy Cromer retains the right to display, project and reproduce work accepted for this
exhibition for publicity and promotional purposes only. Individual photographers retain Copyrights to their individual works.
The exhibition is open to all internationally photographers and artists.
If Your Work is Accepted
1. Send one exhibition print for each accepted photograph.
2. Prints must be mounted and over-matted using white matte board with at least a 2" border around print. Ideally, the photographs should be framed and ready to hang - no sawtooth hangers please. If you are shipping your framed prints, please use plexiglass instead of glass. To save on shipping costs it is ok to send mounted and matted as described above in standard sizes ie: mounted to 16x20, 18x24, 20x24. Check with me on the size of your finished print if you are sending it only mounted and matted to make sure I have glass to cover it.
3. Include return postage for prints to be shipped back to you after the exhibition or include a check for $18 (more for international entries and if you have more images selected for the exhibit. Please include enough for all prints to be shipped back) which would include shipping and $300 insurance. Prints WITHOUT postage will not be returned. Prints will be returned in the container in which they were received. Do NOT use peanuts when shipping.
FOR OVERSEAS CHOSEN ARTISTS
If your work is chosen, we give you the option of sending us the matted and/or framed piece or you can send us the high res file and we will print, mat and frame it for a fee of $55.
1st Place $500
2nd Place $250
3rd Place $150
If Your Work is Accepted
1.Send high resolution images 300 DPI for each accepted photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tammy Cromer Photography
2425 S. Cesar #15
Dallas, TX 75215
Begin Call for Entry: January 15, 2021
Deadline: August 31, 2021
Announce Winners: January 15, 2022
Exhibition opens: January 15, 2022
Book Available: April 1, 2022
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Please tell us the following
Title - As you want it to appear in the book, exhibit and online. Name of Graffiti Artist and City (if possible) it was photographed in
Process - tell us your process whether it is Silver gelatin, Platinum, Type C print,
Lightjet, Digital pigment print, and what type of camera did you use.
Retail Sale Price
of your image
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TAMMY CROMER PHOTOGRAPHY
2425 S. Cesar Chavez Blvd #15
Dallas, TX 75215
$35 for up to 5 images
Additional at $5 per image up to 10
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