MY DETROIT: SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
The curators of the United States Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale are looking for photographs that capture the essence of the city of Detroit. Photographers of all ages – amateurs and professionals, residents of Detroit and residents of the world – are invited to enter My Detroit, a postcard photo contest. Twenty photos will be chosen for dissemination as postcards at the 2016 Biennale, representing Detroit in Venice. Photos can include cityscapes, city scenes, street encounters, accidental revelations, buildings, architectural details, or personal reminiscences – any view of Detroit in the spirit of urban exploration and architectural invention inside the city limits.
The postcards will supplement materials in The Architectural Imagination exhibition with images of life in Detroit. They will be displayed in postcard racks in the US Pavilion, where visitors can take one or more of the complimentary cards as mementos of the show. The postcard photos will also be published in the exhibition catalog.
The competition begins October 14, 2015, and will accept submissions until 11:59 p.m., December 31, 2015. Entrants can submit up to five photographs, but each must be on a separate entry form. Two distinguished judges will review the entries and choose the twenty winning photographs in January 2016.
For entry requirements and more details, please see Contest Rules.
PRIZES FOR EACH OF THE 20 WINNERS:
- Copies of winning photo as a postcard
- One complete set of the 20 postcards
- One copy of the exhibition cataLog
Camilo José Vergara is a Chilean-born photographer and writer. He is best known for his sympathetic photographs of the evolving face of urban life. His works have been widely exhibited in solo exhibitions across the country and in a number of books and other publications. His current project is a book that documents his traveling exhibition “Detroit Is No Dry Bones.” Vergara was awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant in 2002 and the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2013.
Cynthia Davidson is co-curator of The Architectural Imagination, with Mónica Ponce de Léon, and executive director of the nonprofit Anyone Corporation, an architecture think tank in New York that produces conferences and conversations, as well as founding editor of the journal Log and the Writing Architecture Series books, published with MIT Press. In 2014 she received an Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in recognition of her outstanding work in architecture publishing.