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Women History Month

OPEN CALL

Deadline: March 23rd

GUEST CURATOR

London Alternative Photography Collective

OPEN OFFER
APPLICATION FEE

Contribute what you can 

50% DONATED

50% of what we collect will be donated www.womenforwomen.org

SELECTED 
ARTISTS

Will win a BelliniFoto Kit 

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Theme: Darkroom Experimentation

This March, in honor of Women's History Month, we invite artists of all genders to delve into the boundless creative potential of darkroom photography. The heart of this call is darkroom experimentation. The darkroom process is inherently chemical and precisely balanced, but there's room to push the boundaries beyond standard development.

We encourage submissions that explore new techniques, unconventional materials, and unique perspectives. From solarization to photograms, double exposure to chemical manipulation, the possibilities are endless.

Darkroom experimentation is as much about embracing accidents and serendipity as it is about intentional design. The unpredictable nature of these processes means that sometimes, the most striking images come from the happy accidents that occur when something doesn't go as planned. As well as being able to replicate, build on and perfection those happy accidents. 

This openness to the unexpected is what makes darkroom experimentation so thrilling and rewarding. The call for Darkroom Experimentation is an invitation to step back from the predictability of traditional imagery and immerse oneself in the tactile, hands-on experience of creating photographs. It's an opportunity to connect with the history of photography while simultaneously pushing its boundaries into new, unexplored territories.

Celebrating Women in the Darkroom

As we focus on darkroom experimentation, we also honour the remarkable women who have made significant contributions to photography through their innovative work in the darkroom. Icons like Gertrude Käsebier, Imogen Cunningham, and Dorothea Lange, among others, have paved the way for future generations of photographers. Everyday for the duration of the OPEN CALL, on our blog or social media, we will share the story and accomplishments of one of these women. Follow along!

 

CALL Open to All Genders

We invite artists of all genders to join us in celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of past and present women in photography

 

Submission Details

Submission Period: March 11th to March 23rd

Deadline is March 23rd at midnight GMT. Online exhibition will be published on the 25th. 

Open Offer Application Fee: It means that you contribute voluntarily, how much you feel is fair and manageable for you. You can send your open offer application fee here. Read more about our open offer approach here. 

50% of the proceeds will be donated to
Women for Women International


An organization committed to supporting women survivors of war and conflict by equipping them with the necessary skills to transform their lives. They have programs in Palestine, Afghanistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq ,Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan. For over 30 years, Women for Women International has helped women who are forgotten—the women survivors of war and conflict. "Our mission is to create a world in which all women determine the course of their lives and reach their full potential."
Their work is pivotal in helping most marginalized women understand their rights, improve their health, and chang
e societal norms towards a more equitable world where every woman's voice and contribution is recognized and valued.
By providing access to education, resources, and community support, Women for Women International enables women to step into leadership roles within their communities, thereby initiating a ripple effect of empowerment and positive change across societies affected by conflict. In 2022 for Women's History Month we proudly raised and donated €2,440 to Red Cross Ukraine.






The remaining 50% will be allocated towards covering organizational expenses, including hosting fees, software requirements, and other operational costs. These funds will also be reinvested into our organization to support the development of educational content focused on alternative photographic processes. This includes the production of articles, interviews, videos, cheat-sheets and more. Our goal is to enrich our community's knowledge and appreciation of photography's diverse techniques and practices


Selected Artists

Will win a kit containing ECOdeveloper, ECOfixer and powder cyanotype chemicals, provided by our partner BelliniFoto.

They will also attend a panel discussion with the guest curator Constanza Isaza Martínez. 
Everyone can attend the panel : Sign up to register here

To submit, fill out this form
To send your open offer application fee, click here

OPEN TO ALL GENDERS

Everyone can apply and be selected

OPEN OFFER
APPLICATION FEE

Contribute what you can here

50% DONATED

50% of what we collect will be donated www.womenforwomen.org

SELECTED 
ARTISTS

Will win a BelliniFoto Kit with cyanotype chemicals, ECOdeveloper and ECOfixer 

GUEST CURATOR

Constanza Isaza Martínez, member of the London Alternative Photography Collective and founder of Lux Darkroom

Constanza Isaza Martínez, a London-based photographic artist exploring themes of transience and decay, and the materiality of prints through historical photographic processes. Constanza is the co-founder of Lux Darkroom in London, where she offers workshops and printing services and specialises in Photogravure, Cyanotype, Salt Printing, and Platinum Palladium Printing.She is also a project leader for the London Alternative Photography Collective, a women led collective supporting the growth of analogue and alternative photography through symposiums, exhibitions, and workshops. Holding a BA in Photographic Arts from the University of Westminster and an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, Constanza has exhibited internationally and participated in numerous artist residency programs.

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