Election 2020: What Matters

curated by Billy Howard

I think we can all agree that the election in November will be remembered as one of the most important in our lives.
In the next 4 issues of South x Southeast Magazine we want you to show us what matters.
Be it climate change, care for the elderly and disabled, child care, women’s rights, immigration, voting rights, tax reform, homelessness, the arts, protection of our waters, protection of our national parks, education, our food, or health care, if it is an issue that affects our lives, we want to see, and hear, your response.
We are all looking for a way to contribute, to make a difference, to have a voice in this country. This call for work is one way South x Southeast can contribute to the conversation by giving its readers an opportunity to not only share their art but their heart as well.
©Laurie Shock
Billy Howard is a documentary photographer and writer. He is on the board of directors for Atlanta Celebrates Photography, was a 2011-2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellow in Mental Health Journalism, a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Fellow, and received an honorary doctor of literature degree from St Andrews University in North Carolina.
His work has been exhibited with the Smithsonian; Vogue Italia; on a five-city tour of Japan; and has been featured in documentaries for Frontline and HBO. He has been interviewed on Good Morning America and CBS This Morning and his images were projected at the opening ceremonies for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games during a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Howard is an award winning writer and has authored and co-authored four history books documenting significant anniversaries for independent schools in the United States and Switzerland.
His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the High Museum of Art, the Carter Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MOCA GA,  and other museums and non-profit collections. Howard produced the first full-length documentary book on the AIDS pandemic: Epitaphs for the Living: Words and Images in the Time of AIDS. His photographs, negatives, and ephemera from this work are archived in Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Book Library.

We communicate in both words and images, when the two are combined it becomes a language that enters through our eyes and our minds simultaneously, each adding resonance to the other and flooding our senses with meaning.

We are asking you to share your vision, and your words, on what your dream is for America in the next four years.

What we are looking for:

•An image with accompanying essay and/or artist statement

•A series of up to 15 images with essay and/or artist statement

•A book project with your statement about why it is important

•Any original idea that combines words and images.

The point is to give you a voice, both through your photographs and your words, to express your hopes and fears for the next four years.

And we’ll do our best to put these issues in the hands of those who want our votes.

2 submissions/ $20.

Click Here

Then send your idea/book excerpt/essay  – and a short bio – in writing with images attached to:


Subject line: Election 2020

Jpeg only

72 dpi, 1000 on the longest side

Please put them in a  zip file and attach the file to the email

Questions? We get that. e nancy at


March 1: March/April issue (online on/before March 15th)

April 1: May/June issue (online on/before May 15th)

June 1: July/August issue (online on/before July 15th)

August 1: September/October issue (online on/before September 15th)

October 20th: November/December issue (online on/before November 1st)

And please vote.

photo credit: ©Teri Darnell, VFW Post 17, from the series Veterans in Crisis: VFW Posts are Dying Out

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