We are looking for sketches, drawings, and other hand
illustrations of street-scenes and urban encounters.
We call upon artists, ethnographers, and poets to draft the city by way of drawing, in maps, in street scenes, in urban encounters, and impressions, to find and illustrate the city in a way that complements, problematizes, critiques or reimages the everyday life of urban traffic and behaviors.
The fluid production and distribution of the image, enabled
by the omnipresence of phone cameras, has transformed the lived condition of
the street. The city and its subjects respond to this new level of
self-surveillance with a consciousness of representation, where-in both
image-maker and image-subject, achieve their highest-level of objective
validation from the subjectivity of photography.
The testament of digital photography, however, has also naturalized
a transparency of vision, one in which, the photographer and her subject share
a compact on the limits of representation, agreeing on a particular digital
surface, and masking those places where light will not reflect.
Streetnotes 30: Sketchbook
seeks to pierce this opaque quality of urban representation, to bypass the
camera’s eye, and take up, instead, the pen (or other drawing tool).
submit up to five drawings of city or street scenes saved as JPEG images: 700x800
150dpi. Please embed images in a Word document, and provide a submission title, a brief abstract, and any related notes or captions.
Deadline: December 1, 2022
Questions and inquiries can be directed to Streetnotes
Editor: David Michalski, email:
All submissions must be made through our online submission