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From Tulsa to Minneapolis

Call for Entries:

From Tulsa to Minneapolis: Photographing the Long Road to Justice
Deadline for entries extended to June 21.

Photo by Lisa DuBois

All U.S.-based Black documentary photographers are encouraged to enter this Call for Entries.

SDN is seeking documentary projects for this special SDN program—From Tulsa to Minneapolis: Photographing the Long Road to Justice—commemorating a unique time in the history of the struggle for racial equality, justice, and recognition in America.

Submission to Call for Entries due June 21. See below for details.
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We at SDN have chosen to seek out Black documentary photographers for this call for entries because we want to give Black photographers a chance to have their voices heard in this call for entries. The anniversary of these tragic events has affected Black and white communities in profound, although different, ways. The injustices served on Black communities have been swept under the rug for far too long, and the death of one man, George Floyd, is now making us look at other situations of complete disregard of the life, property, and well-being of Black communities throughout U.S. history, of which the Tulsa Race Massacre one hundred years ago is just one of far too many.

Join us for panel and slide show of submissions to this Call for Entries.

On the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre and the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, SDN will present a special event on Wednesday, June 30 featuring a panel with Black photographers who have documented the ongoing struggle for equality, recognition, and racial justice in America. Also included will be submissions to this Call for Entries. Panelists include Lisa DuBois, Eli Reed, and Jamel Shabazz

One photographer will be awarded a best-of-show and presented with a $500 prize. (See jurors below.)

Wednesday, June 30, 7:00–8:30 pm Eastern
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This event is free and open to the public. SDN membership is not required.

One hundred years ago, mobs of white residents of Tulsa attacked Black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, resulting in the single worst incident of racial violence in American history. A 2001 state commission examination of events gave several estimates of deaths, ranging from 75 to 300. No one has ever been held accountable for the massacre.

Ninety-nine years later, on Memorial Weekend 2020, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt his knee on the neck of George Floyd's while he was facing down and handcuffed. Nearly nine minutes later, after pleading with Chauvin that he could not breath, George Floyd died of asphyxiation. What followed was massive and sustained demonstrations for racial justice in America and other parts of the world. Nearly a year later on April 20, Chauvin was convicted of murder, and is now awaiting sentencing.

This hundred year period includes the Civil Rights Era, the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and so many other Black victims of police violence and racial injustice. Many of these events, large and small, have been photographed by Black photographers right up to the writing of this letter. We want to see your images at this special program.

SDN will feature 3-5 images from all submitted projects in a virtual slide show, and invite photographers to present and discuss their work during a panel discussion open to the entire SDN community on June 30. Selected work will also be featured in the fall issue of ZEKE magazine. One entry will be awarded a $500 cash prize for best-of-show.

To enter, we are asking U.S.-based Black documentary photographers to either send us links to their existing galleries on SDN, or links to new galleries, by June 21. Submitted work can be any documentary project by a US-based Black photographer where the primary subject is also Black—whether engaged in the struggle for justice, victims of injustice, or documenting the everyday life of being a person of color in the U.S.
There is no fee to submit to this Call for Entries.


Lisa DuBoisChairperson, Tulsa to Minneapolis

Lisa DuBois is a New York-based ethnographic photojournalist and curator. Her work focuses on subcultures within mainstream society. Her widely collected work on Black subculture in New Orleans is a demonstration of her deep love for history and tradition. She has exhibited her work both internationally and domestically, including at the Schomburg Cultural Center for Research in Black Culture, and at the Gordon Parks Museum in Fort Kansas. She has been interviewed on BronxNet, Nola TV, and Singleshot about her work. Lisa received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and a degree in Metaphysical Science at the University of Metaphysics. As a freelance photographer, she has contributed to several major news publications and stock photo agencies including Getty, Post, and the Daily News. Lisa has been recognized by the Guardian and the New York Times for her work as a photographer and curator for X Gallery.  Her most recent project as creative consultant and curator for ArtontheAve helped to launch the first socially distanced outdoor exhibition along Columbus Avenue in New York City . Lisa is a member of Enfoco and a contributor to Social Documentary Network and Edge of Humanity magazine. Photo of Lisa DuBois by Eduardo Duarte.

Anthony BarbosaAnthony Barboza is a world-renowned African American photographer and historian who is an equally gifted artist, painter and writer. In his prolific career he has shot advertisements for giant corporations like Burger King, Coca-Cola, Coors, General Motors, Kodak, L’Oreal, Revlon and Sony, along with fashion and street photography, album art (Miles Davis, Cameo, Roberta Flack), books (Nathan McCall, X, X) and movie posters (Do The Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, CB4). Those works, and his personal art projects, have catapulted him to the front ranks of influential imagemakers of the last 57 years.  

Laylah Amatullah BarraynLaylah Amatullah Barrayn is a documentary photographer working in the medium for 20 years. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, her work has also appeared in Le Monde, National Geographic, Vogue, Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.  She is a member of Kamoinge, a pioneering collective of African American photographers founded in 1963 and a brand ambassador for FujiFilm. She is the co-author of the book MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Barrayn is currently working on a book on contemporary Black photographers. 

Eli Reed joined Magnum Photos as a full member in 1988. He was elected to Magnum International Foundation in 2018 and is now on the Magnum Board of Directors. In 2005 he became a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and in 1982/83 he was a Harvard University Nieman Fellow majoring in History of War, Central America, Japan, economics, politics, fiction writing workshop, and script writing. Reed has judged the contests of National Press Photographers Association, POY, & CPOY, Department of Defense Military Photographer of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and Getty Documentary Photography Grant competitions. He is an Inaugural member of Pictures of the Year International board of advisors sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism and a member of Afro American photographic legendary cooperative, Kamoinge. Currently Reed is involved in writing, and photography book projects. 

Jamel ShabbazJamel Shabazz is best known for his iconic photographs of New York City during the 1980s. He has authored 10 monographs, and contributed to over three dozen other photography-related books. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and his work is housed within the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Fashion Institute of Technology, The Gordon Parks Foundation and the Getty Museum. Over the years, Shabazz has instructed young students at the Studio Museum in Harlem’s “Expanding the Walls” project, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture “Teen Curators” program, and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. He is also the 2018 recipient of the Gordon Parks award for his commitment to documentary photography. Shabazz is a member of the photo collective Kamoinge. As an artist his goal is to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture. 
Photo of Jamel Shabazz by Michael McCoy.


How to submit your work to From Tulsa to Minneapolis:

  • Work must be on the SDN platform to submit. There is no fee to create an exhibit on SDN.
  • If you already have a live project on SDN, you can just submit the URL for that project.
  • You can also create a new project on SDN, and once the project is live, you can submit the URL to this project. If you are new to SDN, click here for instructions on how to create an exhibit on the SDN website. 
  • If you have an expired project on SDN, you can submit the title of the project. You can get this from your SDN account under the Exhibits tab. SDN will make the project live at no cost, following your submission.

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Deadline for entries is June 21, 2021.