Photos: ©Courtney Chavanell Webber, ©Kat Westerman, ©Lonnie Dean
We connect photographers through beautiful prints.
In the days of film, photographic prints carried with them an element of surprise; without the convenience of digital, photographers had to be patient and use their imaginations.
At The Print Swap, all selected photo prints are mailed randomly to preserve that sense of anticipation in this age of Instagram.
The Print Swap is a global photo-sharing project launched in 2016 by the editors of the website, Feature Shoot. The way it works is simple: Everyone is welcome to upload their image to the swap. The cost of participation is US$40. For that, you will receive a surprise print in the mail from a fellow participating photographer, and your photo will in turn be sent out as print to a member someone else in the world. We cover printing and shipping costs.
All submissions are also considered for our various international photography exhibitions.
All of our prints are made using high quality, acid-free, pH-neutral archival paper before being mailed to their final destinations across six continents (no submissions from Antarctica ... YET!). So a photographer from Dallas, Texas could very well open their package to find a print from a photographer in Karachi, Pakistan.
We also reach a wider public through our ongoing series of traveling exhibitions. From Sydney to India to Brooklyn, each of our shows features images chosen from the Print Swap collection by a different industry leader. Over 250 photographers have exhibited work in galleries or at photography festivals as part of the Print Swap. We regularly feature standout submissions on our own social media accounts (@featureshoot, @theprintswap).
In a world that too often favors the predictable over the serendipitous, The Print Swap fosters relationships built by chance. You never know whether your photograph will find its home a block from your house or 9,000 miles away, and you never know whose print will grace your wall until the day it arrives at your doorstep.