Strant magazine has an open call for submissions of photo projects, essays, and photobook publications centered around the theme of family for the first issue of 2015. The deadline is December 10th.
Based in Oxford, Mississippi, Strant is an "Online and print publication with the intent to foster dialogue and collaboration through photography and the belief that we are supposed to live together, not alone." Strant presents four themed issues throughout the year, and while not exclusively southern in nature, themes like faith, food, and geography have all been explored. There will be a end-of-year print publication drawing from all the issues.
For the first issue of next year's volume, founder Shaun H. Kelly has chosen the topic of family with the full awareness that that term is much more fluid now than it has ever been. Photo essays and photobooks will be considered for inclusion (along with a statement). Writing on the family theme should also relate to photography in some manner.
Kelly is a photographer himself, and his interest in the conversations between photography, history, and writing about how imagery shapes our understanding (or misunderstanding) of the world around us permeates the whole Strant project.
In "The Overgrown South," a particularly interesting essay on southern photography from earlier this year, Kelly explores the difference between documenting southern surroundings and chasing after subjects or themes that the giants of the genre made famous:
"We should be careful not to force juxtaposition, conscious that at some point past can usurp present as then we are left with a gap of photographic knowledge, a contemporary world undocumented and a lack of understanding of our contemporary existence that photography can provide. Photography is a wonderful medium to present nothing more than what we recognize each of us individually, Southern or not, to be true. It is the concern of the photographer to react, to implicate and at the same time reaffirm and to hold that truth is defined in relation to but not by the past."
Get in on the conversation and get all the details about submitting to Strant.