For issue No.12 of Aint–Bad Magazine we are teaming up with a selection of the best curators, photography critics, and educators to create an issue that requires collaboration across all platforms and fields.
The goal of issue No.12 is to put your work directly in front of eyes of the curator. We want to see your best body of work. While there is not a specific “theme” for this issue, we do ask that you take a moment to explore Aint–Bad’s visual archive of imagery on our website to get a sense of the imagery that we have shown in past publications, both online and in print. We also encourage you to research the list of curators with whom we are partnering with for this issue. Each curator will select two photographers from the submissions to feature and interview for the printed publication.
Fifteen curators. Thirty photographers. This issue is pure collaboration. The final result will be a beautiful, hand-curated issue of the best contemporary photography in existence today. In addition to all of the above, we will partner with the curators further to exhibit work from the issue in various galleries and institutions around the world.
Please let us know if you have any question but first take a look at the FAQ at the bottom of this page.
Aaron Levi Garvey
Independent Curator and Co-Founder
Long Road Projects and Founding Curator for the Art For Thought Foundation
About : Aaron Levi Garvey is a independent curator / museum and arts professional, living in Florida. He is currently the Guest Curator at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, the Curator of the Art For Thought foundation in Venezuela/Delaware and the Curator/Co-Founder of Long Road Projects.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
About : Jeff Hamada is a Japanese Canadian artist living and working in Vancouver, BC.
Houston Center for Photography
About : Ashlyn is the Executive Director of Houston Center for Photography, a nonprofit gallery, education space, and publisher. She is also the editor of SPOT magazine and often writes for other publications. She is most interested in work that intervenes in cultural narratives in nuanced ways.
RayKo Photo Center
San Francisco, California
About : Ann M. Jastrab is currently the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco as well as a writer, photographer, master printer, teacher and an independent curator.
About : Daniel Fuller is the curator at the Atlanta Contemporary. He has curated exhibitions at ice fishing shacks, a swap meet, the JumboTron of a hockey stadium, on public access television, and in several closets. A book of essays titled ‘This is not here’ will be published in 2017 by Publication Studio.
About : Andy Adams is an independent producer + publisher whose work explores current ideas in visual culture. He directs FlakPhoto Projects, a digital/arts lab focused on promoting photography in all of its forms. Find him on Instagram @FlakPhoto.
Curator – Eyes on the South
Oxford American Magazine
Conway, South Carolina
About : Jeff Rich received his MFA in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. His ongoing series The Watershed Project has toured nationally since 2012. Jeff also curates the weekly series Eyes on the South for Oxford American Magazine.
Humble Arts Foundation
Seattle, Washington / New York, New York
About : Jon Feinstein is a Seattle and NYC based curator, photographer, co-founder of Humble Arts Foundation, and Senior Partnerships Mgr at Shutterstock. Jon’s projects have been covered in Aperture, NY Magazine, NY Times, and elsewhere. He’s interested in seeing work that defies genres and gets weird.
Dina Mitrani gallery
About : Dina Mitrani Gallery opened in 2008 and specializes in international contemporary photography. The gallery represents emerging and mid-career artists, working primarily with conceptual and narrative subjects. The gallery is not interested in general street or documentary photography.
Brooklyn, New York
About : Darren Ching is the owner of Klompching Gallery in New York—specializing in the sale and exhibition of contemporary fine art photography. Mr. Ching serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at SVA, is a freelance designer working on photo-related projects and a private consultant to photographers.
Founder/Editor in Chief
Los Angeles, California
About : Aline Smithson is a photographic artist, educator, and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography. She also curates and jurors exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and magazines. She is looking for work created with intention and deeply considered.
Editor, Dear Dave, magazine and Chair, BFA Photography and Video
Dear Dave Magazine
New York, New York
About : Stephen Frailey founded the magazine of photography and writing, DEAR DAVE, in 2007 and is its editor-in-chief. He has been the Chair of the Photography and Video Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York since 1998, and founded the Graduate Program in Fashion Photography at SVA.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans, Louisiana
About : Richard McCabe was born in Mildenhall, England and grew up in the American South. He received an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University in 1998. That same year he received a fellowship to the American Photography Institute, National Graduate Seminar at New York University. Over the last 19 years he has lived and worked in New York City and New Orleans, Louisiana. His art has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the United States. Mr. McCabe works primarily in photography, painting, and installation art. Currently, Mr. McCabe is the Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Brooklyn, New York
About : Elizabeth Renstrom is a Brooklyn based photographer. A former Parsons’ student of George Pitts she is an accomplished photographer and photo producer, and regularly shoots for clients like Refinery 29, TIME, Nylon and Bloomberg Business Week while still somehow managing to find the time to make her own work, including a hilariously poignant ongoing series about her early adolescence in the 1990’s. As VICE’s photo editor, Elizabeth oversees the production and editorial of the publication’s striking, and often provocative, stories.
Durham, North Carolina
About : Lisa McCarty is an artist, educator & curator based in Durham, North Carolina. She is currently Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library & teaches courses in photography, film & archival research at the Center for Documentary Studies.
How much does it cost to submit?
The entry fee is $25 per photographer. We are asking for up to 20 images from a single body of work to be submitted.
Why is there a fee to submit to this call?
We are asking each photographer to pay a submission fee in order to pay for the costs of printing the publication. All funds collected from submission fees will be used to produce this issue of Aint–Bad Magazine.
Can I submit more than one project?
Each $25 submission fee is valid for ONE body of work. We want to see your best body of work. However, if you feel that you need to submit a second body of work, you may do so by paying another $25 submission fee and submitting a different project.
When will I be notified if I am selected for this issue?
All selected artists will be notified by July 15th. Photographers that are chosen for this issue will be required to answer interview questions from one of our guest curators.
How many photographers will be chosen for print?
Each curator will select two photographers from the submissions. There will be a total of 30 photographers printed in this issue.
What happens if I am not chosen for print?
If you are not one of the thirty photographers that are selected by our team of curators, your work will be passed to the Aint–Bad Editors and will have an opportunity to be published on our website as a daily artist feature. You will be notified if your work is chosen for an online feature.
Can I submit a collaborative project?
Yes, you can submit a project that has been created by yourself and other artists. Please submit under the name that you would like to appear in print if you are selected.