We offer to an ever-increasing web-based audience new and innovative writing and photography that look beyond regional stereotypes.
Many pictures turn out to be limp translations of the known world instead of vital objects which create an intrinsic world of their own. There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.
We are interested in publishing a selection
of images that succeed individually and
as a thematic whole.
Therefore, Nantahala requires artists to submit a minimum of five to ten photographs at a time. An artist statement must accompany all submissions.
When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision.
We have no restrictions or preferences regarding content. While we publish work by image makers connected to Appalachia, we do not mandate that all work be about the region. On the contrary. We are interseted in showing the diversity of our regional artists, showing work which demonstrates, to quote Peter Henry Emerson,
...the originality of the thing expressed and the way it is expressed, whether it be in poetry, photography,or painting, and the original artist is surely he who seizes new and subtle impressions from nature, tears them forth from nature, as Durer said, and lays them before the world by means of the technique at his command.
We publish what strikes us as being uniquely experienced, freshly divined, and originally perceived.