The Trans-Asia Photography Review welcomes the submission of articles and proposals for curatorial projects on all aspects of photography in Asia. Articles may be based on research in any discipline, on interdisciplinary research, or on personal investigations. We are also interested in essays that have been translated into English from an Asian language. Each article or curatorial proposal will be sent out to two peer reviewers with relevant expertise, using a "blind" peer review process, in which neither author nor reviewer know each other's identity. The expected length of time between submission of a proposal and publication of a finished, peer reviewed article is 9 months. The TAP Review does not charge any fees to authors for submission, processing or publication.

The Trans-Asia Photography Review does not publish articles that have been published elsewhere in English, or send articles out for review that are under consideration elsewhere.

Once an article or curatorial project is accepted for publication, the author/curator will be asked to sign an Author Agreement. Authors retain copyright, and are responsible for clearing all picture permissions. We offer a standard Picture Permission form for authors to use, and require that authors provide documentation of all permissions for our files. No picture can be published without documentation of appropriate permission to publish it on the worldwide web, unless that picture is already in the public domain.

Submission Guidelines:



Article (length open).
Your proposal should contain an abstract and the author’s CV.

Curatorial project (10-15 images with introductory text).
Your proposal should contain up to 5 thumbnail images in a pdf file, not to exceed 50 MB in total. Please send your images to via or a similar service. Images should be accompanied by a brief introduction and your CV; these may be included in the pdf or sent separately via email.

Translation (from an Asian language into English) of an historical or contemporary
article about photography.
Your proposal should contain information about the work to be translated and the translator’s CV.

Your proposal should contain background information about the interviewee
and the interviewer’s CV.

Book/exhibition review.
Your proposal should contain the title of the book or exhibition and the reviewer’s CV. (Note: An exhibition being reviewed must have a catalogue.)
Authors are responsible for obtaining picture permissions; forms for these are available here.



Articles should be submitted in English in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Length of the paper is up to the author, but writing should be clear and accessible. All text should be double-spaced, including endnotes and quotations. Writing should follow a standard style guide, such as the Chicago Manual of Style. The Editors are available to consult with authors about style and content. Please prepare the paper for blind refereeing by removing personal references.

At the time of submission, images can be embedded at a low resolution in the paper or submitted separately in a pdf file. If the article is accepted for publication, separate, larger image files will be requested.




Please submit the following 3 items separately:

This file should contain your article’s text (including endnotes and short bio) only. Please do NOT insert thumbnail images. Image placement should be indicated in bold type as shown in the example below:

Insert FIG 1 here

NB: You do not need to include your image captions in the text document. These should be sent separately.
NB: Please use endnotes (not footnotes) with Arabic numerals (not Roman numerals).

This file should contain your captions only. Please observe the following format:

Fig. #. Photographer, title, series, date, size, process, copyright, courtesy of.

Fig. 1. Smith, John, The Quick Brown Fox, from the Lazy Dog series, 2017, 8 in. x 10 in., inkjet print, © John Smith, courtesy of The Jane Doe Collection.

NB: Captions should be in italics, except for the photograph’s title (and series title, if applicable). If your caption does not include all the above information, please put the information you have in this sequence.

Please send images for publication—at least 1,000 pixels on the longest side—via or a similar service. Individual image files should not exceed 5 MB; folders of images should not exceed 100 MB. Image files should be named as follows: Fig_1, Fig_2, Fig_3, etc. You do not need to include the title of the photograph in the file name.

Additional items:
Authors are responsible for obtaining picture permissions; forms for these are available here.
Authors are required to sign an Author Agreement form, which can be found here.


Book Review:

Please adhere to the following structure when formatting your book review:

First & last name, Title
(City: Publisher, Year), # p.

Reviewed by Name

Text body


John Smith, The Quick Brown Fox: Reflections on a Career in Wildlife Photography
(Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016), 222 p.
ISBN 1234567891011

Reviewed by Jane Doe

Text body

All authors, including authors of reviews, are required to sign an Author Agreement form, which can be found here.