OrganizationN.Y. Photo Curator
TitleEmerging Archives

'EMERGING ARCHIVES' curated by Shauna Caldwell

Shauna Caldwell says, "The radical act of archiving, with the intent to preserve and restore histories against domination, is often a beautiful and intimate point of connection between artists, their own lineages, and the interconnected communities both within and beyond the archive. Inspired by the vitality of communal collections of photographs, letters, and material culture thriving outside of traditional institutions, I wonder...

How might we animate and tend to our shared legacies? Which stories do we choose to tell and why, and how do they connect to others? In what ways are we mindful of the impact our current archiving practices have on our ways of knowing and being? Entwined with a sense of care and critique, the emergent archive activates relationships, bearing witness to stories both told and intentionally untold.

I welcome submissions from artists who are illuminating dynamic relationships to archives, defined broadly as collections of memories utilizing “found photographs”, [re]presentations of records, etc."

5% of artist entry fees goes to the charity of the curator. Caldwell has chosen The Photographer's Green Book.

Another 5% will go to the first place winner's choice of charity.


ALL entrants work is shown on their own page with their artist statement, website info & bio. Early entries may be featured on N.Y. Photo Curator's Facebook and Instagram pages.

First Place winner receives Q&A with curator. Curator reviews first place winner. The Q&A is all done online and the results are included in a piece about the artist in N.Y. Photo Curator's themed online exhibition. One or more past curators may contribute reviews as well. 5% of artist fees goes to the first place winner's charity. The first place image shows on our splash page for a month.

We will waive the fee for 2 entrants per competition based on need. Just contact us at and make the request.

Image- 'Mother Pearl (Untitled IV), 2022' by Brianna Dowd


Requirements / Eligibility

Open to all levels of photography.

Entry Page Link :
Entry Fee$25 for 3 OR 6 images
Contact Information
NameLaurie Freitag
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