Call For Photographs And Stories: Rick Smolan’s “Broken Promises”

Native American Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement at Mt. Rushmore. Photo © 1974 Rick Smolan
Native American Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement at Mt. Rushmore. Photo © 1974 Rick Smolan

ATHENS, GA (July 14, 2016) – This is a Call For Photographs for a powerful photographic project that will focus on oppressed groups in the United States during the past 100 years.

Titled “Broken Promises,” the project will highlight those who have experienced oppression, bigotry or who have been the victim of hate crimes because of their gender, skin color, country of origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability or beliefs.

Groups and topics to be covered include but are not limited to: The Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter Movement; Religious Persecution aimed at Muslims/Jews/Catholics and other religions; Betrayal of Native Americans; Hate crimes and discrimination of LGBTQ; Migrant Farm Workers/Latino/Immigrants; Asian American discrimination; Women’s Rights; Discrimination towards the disabled; and other oppressed minorities.

It is important to note that the participating photographers will retain all copyright and all other rights to their works, and will be fairly compensated for their work.

The project is being overseen by Rick Smolan and his partner, Jennifer Erwitt. They are part of the original team which created and executed the “Day in the Life” book series, which, once a year, would dispatch 100 photographers on a one-day 24-hour shoot in exotic locations around the world like Australia, Japan, Russia and China.

NPPA member photographers who are frustrated by the way their powerful and important images and stories appear only once in the publication they work for (or are buried on a Web site, never to be seen again), will find a second life and a larger audience through publication in “Broken Promises.”

To submit your work or to learn more about the project please contact project managing editor Mark Rykoff at [email protected]

The deadline for participation and submission is August 1.

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