We feel that it is critical to state our solidarity, that BLACK LIVES MATTER, that brutality, racial profiling, and the murder of Black people by the police need to end now.
Breonna Taylor should have turned 27 last week, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbury, Tony McDade, and so many others should still be with us. As a white-run project, we recognize that we will never be able to adequately understand the pain and generational trauma the African American community has faced during the long and violent history of our country. However, we know it is our responsibility to educate ourselves and to take to the streets to demand change.
The history of photography all too often has excluded or exploited marginalized communities. We recognize that photography has been used as a tool of policing and think now, in an age of surveillance, it is important for us to think about the ways photography works to uplift and oppress us. Contemporary arts and culture have been shaped by unrecognized artists of color and it is all of our work as artists and consumers to see, support, and celebrate the historical and contemporary artists and their crucial work.
Some steps we will be taking are:
-Donating sales of back issues to the National Bail Out Fund for the month of June.
-Working to make our submission process more accessible and welcoming to BIPOC photographers.
-Donating zines to prisons, youth programs, and libraries.
-Working to publish ongoing fundraisers for racial justice organizations.
As always, Incandescent is a passion project and is priced to be as accessible as possible and never requires submission fees. We look forward to seeing how this moment in the movement for black lives impacts the future of photography.
Submissions for issue 18 are open until June 30!