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Eye mama project is thrilled to be publishing a MAMA GAZE BOOK with teNeues, due out summer 2023.
The Eye Mama Project is a global visual platform that aims to highlight the work of photographers that identify as mamas, looking introspectively into their own families and homes from 2015 onwards. Sharing the MAMA GAZE - the story of motherhood by mama eyes.
Eye mama project has been featured in Vogue Italy, British Journal of Photography, National Geographic, Creative Review amongst other publications. This ever-expanding social archive has created a collective lens on humanity, care and motherhood, with empowerment and visibility at the core of this socially engaged project.
"As for me, I see both beauty and the dark side of the things; the loveliness of cornfields and full sails, but the ruin as the well. And I see them at the same time, and chary of that ecstasy. The Japanese have a phrase for this dual perception: mono no aware. It means "beauty tinged with sadness," for there cannot be any real beauty without the indolic whiff of decay. For me, living is the same thing as dying, and loving is the same thing as losing, and this does not make me a madwoman; I believe it can make me better at living, and better at loving, and, just possibly, better at seeing."
Sally Mann, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
We are looking for 150+ photographers to be published in the MAMA GAZE book.
The catalogue of which will also form part of a wider online archive. The book will launch Summer 2023 with accompanying exhibitions and talks on topics surrounding photography, motherhood and social issues. Be part of this historical book and submit your application today!
We are looking for raw, poetic truths. The dark and light, the imperfections and duality of motherhood. The fantasy of everyday.
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We have a fantastic female jury of 10 powerhouse photo eyes, from all over the world helping to select images for this book, please see below:
Alessia Glaviano (Head of PhotoVogue, Italy)
Aldeide Delgado (Founder WHOPA foundation, USA / Cuba)
Ana Casas Broda (Photographer, Co-Director Hydra, Mexico)
Charlotte Yonga (Photographer, Co- Founder Les Cousines, France/Cameroon)
Elinor Carucci (Award winning photographer, Israel / USA)
Kana Tanaka (Photographer, Founder 365project, Japan)
Karni Arieli (Photographer, Bafta nominated filmmaker and Founder "Eye mama project, Israel/ UK)
Sarah Leen (Editor, Curator, Founder The Visual Thinking Collective, Former Director of Photography, National Geographic, USA)
Smita Sharma (Photographer photojournalist, TED fellow, India)
Two lucky submitters will receive a £500 voucher each, to spend on photographic kit! kindly donated by our Open Call sponsors MPB @mpbcom
Anyone who considers themselves a photographer, professional and or artist photographers. This is a democratic and socially engaged project, you do not have to have been a previously published artist. We are looking for strong personal visual narratives of motherhood. We are ideally looking for DLSR, SLR and medium/ large format.
Mama is used as a term of endearment, it's a loose term of and for motherhood, and exists in many languages, and therefore if you identify as mama you can submit. The story is what really matters, so we want to keep this wide open so that it can really be as broad and inclusive as possible. You could be a photographer and a carer, adoptive parent, grandma, or step-mum. We are also keen to include the lesser documented stories of miscarriage, IVF, abortion and fostering. We welcome nonbinary or anyone who identifies as a mama. All mama and care narratives need visibility.
We want a personal and powerful photographic point of view by mamas telling their own story via the medium of photography. We want to see the honest truths that are unseen and overlooked. We are not looking for Commercial, fashion or lifestyle images. We are looking for the fantasy of everyday life with its menacing beauty and poetic truths. All the imperfections and details. The duality of light and dark that exists in motherhood.
The Eye mama project was started in the pandemic by Karni Arieli, Bafta nominated filmmaker, photographer and an eye mama. She started the 'mama gaze' submission project on Instagram during 2021, to shine a light on the unseen narratives of motherhood surrounding family, care and the home. The platform currently has nearly 40k submissions and 13k+ followers from more than 50 countries worldwide. It has become a photographic community sharing the poetic, truthful and imperfect stories of mamahood.
"Giving visibility to mama narratives as you can't empower the invisible."
You can get a taste for Eye mama project online, follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eyemamaproject/
Or read up more and sign up to our newsletter at: https://eyemamaproject.com
Post pandemic: "Moms are facing devastating declines in their careers and their mental health. We can't go back to normal. For moms, "normal" wasn't working in the first place."
Reshma Saujani, Marshall Plan for Moms
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."
Country of residence
1 to 5 files per submission
Allowed file types: JPG
At least 3000px on the long edge
What counts as a Mama?
Anyone who identifies as a mama, carer or has children living at home or is going through/ has been through IVF/ miscarriage /abortion. All narratives are important.
What counts as a Photographer?
Anyone who identifies as a photographer using photography in their profession or art practice. You do not necessarily need to be published or currently working. All photographers and photographic styles welcome- photojournalist, portrait, fine art but we are not looking for commercial, fashion, lifestyle or classic family snaps.
I've submitted on Instagram before; should I submit again?
Yes, you should. This is an opportunity for the jury to see your work, and the open call is a place to collect all existing and new submissions.
Can I submit pictures made on my iPhone?
We prefer pro formats like DLSR, SLR and medium format. But if you are an artist or photographer who uses a phone as part of their practice, or you captured something special in this format we'd love to see. However, we are not looking for family snaps.
How many images can I submit?
Up to five (5)
Can I submit any photographs before 2015?
Unfortunately not, this project is looking at motherhood before, during lockdown, post pandemic and current times.
Can I submit an image of someone else's family?
Unfortunately not, we are looking for your own personal narrative.
Do I need to censor my images?
Absolutely not, it's about an honest portrayal. Saying that we'd rather not publish too much nudity in full extremes for obvious reasons.
I'm a papa photographer can I submit?
Not this time. But we appreciate and love all papas, carers and images of care, so maybe eye papa next?
What happens if I'm selected?
You will be notified early 2023, we will also inform you of all updates and news, please sign up to our newsletter.
What do selected artists receive?
Selected artists will feature in the Eye mama book published by teNeues worldwide in summer 2023. You will also be part of the Eye mama archive project online. You may also be invited to exhibitions and talks surrounding the book launch.
What is the archive project?
We are working on creating an online archive of mama gaze worldwide.
How do I Win the MPB voucher?
Everyone who submits will automatically go into the draw. We will select at random 2 winners who will both receive £500 vouchers to spend at MPB. We will announce this once the open call has closed.
Smita Sharma, India
Photojournalist & TED fellow
Smita Sharma is a Delhi-based photojournalist who has documented gender issues, sexual crimes and human trafficking in the Global South through long-form visual narratives. She is a TED fellow and an IWMF reporting fellow. Smita committed to representing people with dignity and her visceral images have been published in a range of outlets, including the New York Times, BBC World, Wall Street Journal, TIME and National Geographic Magazine. Her work has also been exhibited and shown globally, including at the UN Headquarters in New York. She is the recipient of awards from Amnesty International, the Las Fotos Project, One World Media and Fetisov Journalism Award.
Ying Ang, Australia / Singapore / USA
Director, Founder and photographer
Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, Ying Ang is a photographer and author with an extensive exhibition history and client base, having lived and worked in Singapore, Sydney and New York City. She is on the teaching faculty at the ICP in New York City and is the Director of Reflexions 2.0 - a photographic masterclass based in Europe - and Director / Curator at Le Space Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.
Her first artist book, Gold Coast, won the New York Photo Festival and Encontros Da Imagem book prize for 2014 and acquired for the Rare Books Collection at the Victorian State Library and MoMA. Gold Coast was also listed by Lensculture, Voices of Photography, Asia Pacific Photobook Archive and Self Publish Be Happy in their top photobooks of 2014 and honoured with a nomination for the prestigious Prix Pictet award. Ying also fulfilled the role of Chief Curator for the Obscura Festival of Photography in Malaysia in 2016 and was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Photobook New Zealand.
Ying's recent publication, The Quickening, was a winner of the Belfast Photo Festival 2021 and awarded with the silver award for the 2020 BIFA Documentary Photo Book Prize, bronze medal for the Documentary Book Prize at the 2021 Moscow International Foto Awards and Honorable Mention at the PX3 Paris Photo Awards and the Tokyo International Foto Awards. The Quickening was exhibited in a solo show during Rencontres d'Arles in France in 2019 at the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation.
Ying was most recently featured in "FIRECRACKERS: Female Photographers Now", a showcase of contemporary female documentary photographers published by Thames & Hudson, and "How We See: Photobooks By Women", featuring one hundred 21st-century photobooks by women photographers published by 10x10 Photobooks.
Sarah Leen, USA
Founder of the Visual Thinking Collective, photographer and photo editor, the first female Director of Photography at the National Geographic Magazine and Partners.
In 2013 Sarah Leen became the first female Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine and Partners. In 2020 she founded the Visual Thinking Collective, a community for independent women photo editors, teachers and curators dedicated to visual storytelling.
At the University of Missouri School of Journalism Leen was the first woman to receive the College Photographer of the Year award. Working as a National Geographic freelance photographer Leen published sixteen stories and had six covers. Her images and editing have won several awards including Pictures of the Year and World Press Photo.
Leen works with individual photographers and agencies consulting and editing visual projects and books including the 2020 FotoEvidence and World Press Photo Book Award winner HABIBI by Antonio Faccilongo, Anders Wo by Petra Barth, Like a Bird by Johanna-Fritz Maria and soon to be published The Phoenician Collapse by Diego Ibarra Sanchez, We Cry in Silence by Smita Sharma and A Troubled Home by Anush Babajanyan.
Leen believes in sharing her knowledge through mentoring and teaching photography and photo editing workshops at the Missouri Photo Workshops, the Maine Media Workshops, the Santa Fe Photo Workshops, the Eddie Adams Workshop and the PhotoLux Festival in Lucca, Italy.
Karni Arieli, Israel / UK
Photographer/ filmmaker & Founder of Eye mama project
Karni is a Bafta nominated Filmaker and photographer , part of directing duo - karni and Saul, together they make casual fantasy/ mixed media , music videos, commercials and films. Karni is British/israeli and studied Art and Photography at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. She is also an eye mama and mother of two boys. Based in bristol uk. Karni is the founder curator of the EYE MAMA PROJECT. Founded in pandemic it showcases “MAMA GAZE”. Photography looking at mama hood by photographer mamas worldwide. The project has been showcased in National Geographic, Vogue Italia, Creative review, British journal of photography and Stern magazine. And is currently being made into a worldwide book, as well as being developed into a tv doc series
Kana Tanaka, Japan
Photographer & Founder of 365 Project
I'm a newborn, maternity, family lifestyle photographer based in Japan. Despite being a photographer as a profession, there were many days during the first year postpartum that I did not take photos of my child. I often wished I could have taken more pictures of my little one, so I decided to get into the habit of taking pictures every day. I was very confident that there are many moms and dads who feel the same way, so I Iaunched the Tsumugu 365 Project and an associated community where we could inspire and encourage each other to document our precious daily lives.
Charlotte Yonga, France/Cameroon
Photographer & Co-Founder of Les Cousines
Charlotte Yonga takes a close look at individuals and territories. Her approach, imbued with dramaturgy, inherits a certain documentary tradition and is crossed by issues related to the notion of individuality subject to relocation and North-South cross-gazing. The subjects she represents, most of the time “ordinary” people - sometimes landscapes and still lifes and celebrities - captured in characteristic contexts, are at the center of attention and face the viewer. They display singular attitudes, modest and sovereign, introspective or rebellious. In an alchemy that summons reality, strength and fragility, Charlotte reveals a tangible and intimate vision grasped in its complexity. Charlotte Yonga’s work has been shown in California, Germany, Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria and France... Yonga works in France as an independent photographer for magazines and newspapers and is represented by the gallery 31 Project Art in Paris Saint Germain des Prés. She co-founded the collective Les Cousines born in the Parisian suburbs in 2014. She recently started to pose for brands trying to shift representations of bodies and gazes.
Aldeide Delgado, USA/ Cuba
Founder & Director, Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA)
Aldeide Delgado is a Cuban-born, Miami-based independent Latinx art historian and curator, founder & director of Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA). She has a background in advising and presenting at art history forums based on photography, including lectures at the Tate Modern, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), DePaul Art Museum, King’s College London, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and The New School. Delgado is a recipient of a 2019 Knight Arts Challenge award, the 2018 School of Art Criticism Fellowship by SAPS - La Tallera, and a 2017 Research and Production of Critic Essay Fellowship by TEOR/éTica. Delgado conceptualized the world’s first-ever feminist photography collective convening, WOPHA Congress: "Women, Photography, and Feminisms" (November 17-20, 2021). She publishes and curates from feminist and decolonial perspectives on crucial topics of the history of photography and abstraction within Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx contexts. Prior to founding WOPHA, Delgado created the online feminist archive Catalog of Cuban Women Photographers, the first comprehensive survey of Cuban photography history highlighting women’s contributions from the nineteenth century to the present. She is an active member of PAMM’s International Women’s Committee and PAMM’s Latin American and Latinx Art Fund, US Latinx Art Forum, and the steering committees of the Feminist Art Coalition and Fast Forward: Women in Photography.
ANA CASAS BRODA, SPAIN | MEXICO
Photographer and Co -Founder of Hydra + Fotografía
Ana Casas Broda has lived in Mexico since 1974. She studied Visual Arts, History and Photography in Mexico, Spain, Austria and the United States. Since 1983 she has had numerous solo exhibitions in Mexico and abroad. Member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores FONCA 2008-2011. Published two photobooks: Álbum, published by Mestizo, Spain, 2000; and Kinderwunsch, published by La Fábrica, 2013, winner of the award for Best Art Book by the Spanish Ministry of Art, Culture and Sport in 2014.
In addition to numerous group exhibitions around the world, she has had solo exhibitions in the Álbum project at the Centro de la Imagen, 2001, PHotoEspaña 2002 Femeninos at Casa de América, among other international venues. Kinderwunsch has been shown as part of the exhibition and book curated by Susan Bright, at HOMETRUTHS, Photographers Gallery, Museum or Contemporary Photography MoCP, Chicago and at BELFAST EXPOSED, Ireland, also solo exhibitions at BOZAR, Brussels, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Festival PHotoEspaña 2015, FOTOHOF, Salzburg, Austria 2016; Museo Regional de Querétaro, Mexico 2017; Museo de la Ciudad de México, CDMX 2019; Salas Polivalente and Hermenegildo Bustos, Universidad de Guanajuato, 2020; Museo Espacio, Aguascalientes, 2022-2023.
Parallel to her personal work, since 1989 she has been dedicated to the organization of activities related to photography, especially in the creation of educational programmes in spaces such as the Centro de la Imagen, Centro de las Artes de San Agustín, FotoGuanajuato. In addition, she gives workshops, lectures, curates and participates as a juror in different places around the world. In 2012 she founded Hydra + Fotografía with Gabriela González Reyes and Gerardo Montiel Klint, an independent photography platform that includes an educational programme, a bookshop, a gallery and a publishing project. In 2016 she created INCUBADORA DE FOTOLIBROS, a programme where authors develop their photobooks with the advice of national and foreign editors and designers, from which more than 26 photobooks have been published since 2018, which have been presented in fairs and competitions around the world.
Alessia Glaviano, Italy
Alessia Glaviano is the Head of Global PhotoVogue and Director of the Photo Vogue Festival.
Glaviano is a leading figure in the panorama of international photographic criticism. In 2011 Glaviano launched PhotoVogue, an innovative platform on which users can share their own photographs knowing they can rely on the curatorial supervision of professional photo editors. Now in its 11th year, counting over 300,000 photographers, from amateurs to professionals, hailing from all over the world, the PhotoVogue platform relaunched in early 2022 to expand globally as well as to soon include media in all forms.
The mission of PhotoVogue has always been, and will continue to be, to champion talent, both emerging and established, and influence visual literacy to help shape a more just, ethical, and inclusive visual world.
PhotoVogue’s open calls for submissions helped launch the careers of photographers like Nadine Ijewere, Kyle Weeks, Camila Falquez, Kennedi Carter, Scandebergs, and Mous Lamrabat, among others.
Curating a pool of incredible image-makers from all around the world, PhotoVogue is an industry-leading platform and a great example of diversity behind the camera and multitude of perspectives.
In an expanded role, Alessia Glaviano will help guide PhotoVogue into this next phase and continue leading its creative direction. In her 20-plus years with Condé Nast, in addition to launching and overseeing PhotoVogue, Alessia has also driven select special events and curated exhibitions in prestigious museums and institutions with some of the most important artists of our times; developed Vogue Italia’s Instagram strategy; curated a series of Masters of Photography video interviews; and led the art direction of numerous digital branded-content projects, such as Gucci beauty's iconic story featuring Ellie Goldstein.
In order to have a physical and virtual space in time to bring the community together and further the conversation around the promotion of creativity, diversity and justice in image-making, in 2016 Glaviano directed in Milan the first edition of the Photo Vogue Festival. The event marked the first conscious fashion photography festival dedicated to the shared ground between Ethics and Aesthetics, bound to an influential fashion publication, and engaging the whole city of Milan with talks, exhibitions and photography-related initiatives. The 6 editions of the festival from 2016 to 2021 were always met with critical and public success.
Besides the editorial activity, Alessia holds lectures and conferences on a regular basis. Some of the institutes and universities she was invited as guest lecturer include: University of Brighton, Central Saint Martins, IED, Bocconi University and the Milan Polytechnic.
Glaviano was invited to participate as jury member in numerous internationally acclaimed photography contests including the World Press Photo, the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie à Hyères and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award; and has participated in several portfolio review sessions, including the “New York Times Portfolio Reviews”.
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