Become Project Photographer

Interested in photographing for the collection, and becoming a Roy Stryker/FSA Photo Project photographer?

JD_FSAContact Kenneth Wajda via the contact page, and describe your interest, your availability, your output potential, your access to events in rural or urban areas as well as family and work environments, and what cameras you use.

Here’s a list of some of the photos we need in the collection.  We need people engaged in life mainly, and good caption info.  See the examples on the site.  We don’t need names necessarily, but we do need descriptions, date, and camera used.

Interiors of stores, businesses, churches, restaurants.
People on Main Street wherever you are.
People on secondary streets off Main Street.
Local events – parades, concerts, races, sports and activities.
Home birthday parties, kids being put to bed, TV rooms, computer rooms.
People doing hobbies and playing.
People at work.
Various cultures, ethnicities and LGBTQ people.
People in tough situations, struggles, depression, addiction.
People in joyous situations, successes.

Submit your photographs to Photos made on digital technology or film–scanned or printed & scanned–from 2010 and later are eligible for the collection.

REQUIRED: Copy and fill out this form with your submission in your email.




3. PHOTOGRAPH – Attach (1) High-Resolution 4000px-wide Photograph


Please attach (1) JPG photograph 4000px wide on its long side @ 300dpi. (FileName-YourName-Date.jpg).

Ex: KidsAtDinnerTable-JohnSmith-090217.jpg – Photographs not sized according to specifications may not be considered. Film Photographers please archive your negatives for possible future inclusion at the Library of Congress.


4. CAPTION INFO: 1-2 Sentences: Description, City & State, Date, (Camera) Your Name + Photographer

Ex: Jane Smith, right, carries her daughter Samantha, 3, as they wait in line to purchase the new X-Box game. They were two of about 75 people who lined up early at the Best Buy store in the Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines, Iowa, waiting for the new game to go on sale at midnight. September 2, 2017 (Leica M3 35mm) John Smith Photographer

Photographer maintains all rights to their photographs.  Any inquiries for usage rights will be sent directly to the photographer.

By submitting a photograph, the Roy Stryker Photo Project is granted usage rights to the photograph for posting online on the Roy Stryker Web Site and for its Roy Stryker Book Project, should it be chosen for inclusion.

REQUIRED: Copy and fill out above form with your submission in your email.

Please read What’s In and What’s Out, to see what kinds of images will make the collection.  And please understand that strong curating will mean not every photograph submitted will be put into the collection.

And then, please read this page on AP-Style Captioning for your photographs and take the time to provide accurate caption information.  Expect that people will be reading this in 50-100 years, and the details you provide and get right matter.

Then, please carefully archive the negatives or slides that make it into the collection if you are shooting film and if you have an interest in having them placed in the archive at the Library of Congress.  For digital submissions, the project will print your photo and archive it for eventual submission to the Library of Congress.

The Roy Stryker collection from its creation to December 31, 2017 was entirely comprised of film photographs.  There were no digital images included.  Welcome film formats included 35mm, 120, 4×5 and 8×10 (and they still are!)

Since January 1, 2018, on a trial basis, the project has opened the submissions to digital shooters creating documentary photographs.


Why WAS it Film only?

For one thing, film photographers tend to be a different kind of photographer.  By limiting the project to only film photographers, we were looking to draw more serious photographers who would create powerful, meaningful images, and who are already working with an archival medium.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Interior put out a job call for a photographer to document the National Parks like Ansel Adams did in the past, and the job description included: Produces large-format photographic documentation to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the HABS/HAER/HALS permanent collection at the Library of Congress.  They required 4×5 film negatives.

Digital Documentary Photographers


NEW FOR 2018 – Digital submissions are permitted from documentary photographers producing quality unaltered photographs.

Unaltered Photographs Only

No image manipulation is allowed other than tone, color and contrast adjustments, the same as required by news departments at major media organizations–United Press International, Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France Presse.

No High Dynamic Range (HDR) photographs will be accepted.  RAW/JPG files (to check image integrity) may be requested in the event of a concern of an altered photograph, and WILL be required for inclusion in the book–there is zero tolerance for manipulated images.

Photographers maintain all rights to their photographs. Any inquiries for usage rights by newspapers or magazines will be sent directly to the photographer.

By submitting a photograph, the Roy Stryker Project is granted usage rights to the photograph for posting online on the Roy Stryker Web Site and for its Book Project only, should it be chosen for inclusion.

[The Roy Stryker project reserves the right to revoke the acceptance of digital submissions at any time should there be concerns of image manipulation. The primary concern of the project is truth and integrity and the rules regarding digital submissions are subject to change.]

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