DATABASES & AFFINITY GROUPS
Women Photograph - Database of more than 650 independent women documentary photographers based in 91 countries.
Diversify.Photo - Curated database of photographers of color available for assignments and commissions.
Natives Photograph - A space to elevate the work of Indigenous visual journalists and bring balance to the way we tell stories about Indigenous people and spaces. Our mission is to support the media industry in hiring more Indigenous photographers to tell the stories of their communities and to reflect on how we tell these stories.
Brown Girls Doc Mafia - BGDM is a collective of women (and non-binary) filmmakers and industry representatives of color. The collective builds community online and in person to further members’ creative enrichment, exchange resources and ideas, and bolster professional growth and opportunity. We are the first of our kind — now boasting over 1,800 women filmmakers of color across the globe.
Reclaim Photo - An alliance of five organizations committed to amplifying the voices of underrepresented photographers and decolonizing the photojournalism industry.
Chinese Storytellers - Chinese Storytellers is a collective that gathers Chinese non-fiction content creators, amplifies their voices and supports their work.
POC in Audio - This website was created by Adizah Eghan, Afi Yellow-Duke, Zakiya Gibbons, Aliya Pabani and Phoebe Wang, after Phoebe delivered a speech at the 2018 Third Coast International Audio Festival award ceremony, calling out the overwhelming whiteness of the industry and spotlighting POCs within it.
Equity At The Table (EATT) - EATT is an easy-to-navigate database for food industry professionals featuring women/gender non-conforming folks with a focus POC & LGBT professionals.
Foto Féminas - Foto Féminas is a platform promoting, through monthly online features, the work of female photographers working in Latin America and the Caribbean.
African Photojournalism Database - The database identifies professional African photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers reporting on cultural, economic, environmental, political and social issues on the continent, as well as sports, nature, and stories of everyday life. The database will better connect local photographers with the global media industry and offer a more diverse representation of the African continent.
Female, GNB/GNC, Trans Inclusive Photo/Film Crew List - Founded by producer Lisa Gonzalez and artist rep Hannah Kuo. Find crew for your next photo & film jobs here!
Free The Bid - A 501c3 non-profit initiative advocating on behalf of women directors for equal opportunities to bid on commercial jobs in the global advertising industry.
F Collective - An initiative that asks brands + their agencies to pledge to present a female photographer option on each job, with a goal of increasing gender diversity in advertising photography.
Writers of Color - The OG inclusivity database (created in 2014!) compiling writings of color curated by Durga Chew-Bose and Jazmine Hughes.
Women Who Draw - An open directory of womxn and womxn identified/nonbinary illustrators across the globe.
Film Fatales - Film Fatales supports an inclusive community of women feature film and television directors who meet regularly to share resources, collaborate on projects and build an environment in which to make their films.
Spicy Zine - SPICY, created in February 2018, is an online zine and creative collective led by women of color (WoC) and queer + trans people of color (QTPoC). Our mission is to create a platform empowering WoC + QTPoC to create, express, debate, learn, unlearn, and ultimately decolonize the media — a space that doesn’t always include us.
By Us, For Us (BUFU) - BUFU is a collaborative living archive centered around (pan)black and (pan) Asian cultural and political relationships. We, the founders of this project, are a collective of queer, femme and non-binary, black and east-Asian artists and organizers. our goal is to facilitate a global conversation on the relationship between black and Asian diasporas, with an emphasis on building solidarity, de-centering whiteness, and resurfacing our deeply interconnected and complicated histories. we attempt to achieve this through our collaborative programming, our visual archives, and through building long-term partnerships with collectives, organizations, and individuals.
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Ligaiya Romero’s Decolonizing Documentary and Journalism Reading List
Teju Cole for The NYT, Getting Others Right - “Telling the stories in which we are complicit outsiders has to be done with imagination and skepticism. It might require us not to give up our freedom, but to prioritize justice over freedom. It is not about taking something that belongs to someone else and making it serve you but rather about recognizing that history is brutal and unfinished and finding some way, within that recognition, to serve the dispossessed.”
Nieman Reports, Tara Pixley on Why We Need More Visual Journalists and Editors of Color - "Through the professional ethics and practices of objectivity in journalism, we have consistently found ways to humanize most members of American society, from convicted rapists to murderous white supremacists. Depictions of black Americans rarely receive such treatment in news media, however, whether in images or the written word. We must commit to challenging all prevailing and easy narratives, affirming a desire to do both good, accurate, ethical storytelling and to take into consideration a multifaceted perspective with which we may be entirely unfamiliar."
Teju Cole, When the Camera Was a Weapon of Imperialism. (And When It Still Is.) - “When we speak of ‘shooting’ with a camera, we are acknowledging the kinship of photography and violence.”
Photojournalism lacks self-criticism and only the underdogs are willing to reshape its toxic culture - “Photographers still portraying a western idea of how the 'other' should be represented are not only falling into their own clichés, but are not encouraging the industry to transform itself and for photographers to stand out with their own, personal voices.”
Edwin Martinez, Navigating the River: The Hidden Colonialism of Documentary - “What happens when we swoop into a foreign reality (even one just a train ride away) and bring all our cultural assumptions, value systems and ways of seeing? When witnessing a situation, through whose eyes do we read that situation? To what conclusions do we jump? How does the lens of our unconscious bias inform, bend and determine the stories we tell, and how we tell them?”
Clary Estes, The Colonialism of Photojournalism - “Will we allow ourselves to fall deeper into the corporate, commercial, prize and award-driven hole we have dug for ourselves; will we continue with our colonialistic tendencies? Or will we start looking to give a voice to the generations of people who have been voiceless for so long? Will we become bitter or will we become better?”
Will Matsuda for Aperture, Why Aren’t There Any Famous Asian American Photographers? - Mary Kang: "White men largely dominate the industry; their biases help them to maintain power. Most surviving histories are written by people in power...A lot of the images showed people of color in vulnerable positions. How does this imagery feed the people in power? When the narration is this one-sided, it does not recognize people of color as full human beings."
Viewfind on Vantage, Behind “Prom King”: On Journalism and Advocacy with Sophia Nahli Allison - “We have to realize we’re powerful enough to create change. We want people to understand why our voice and our stories are important. We have to keep treating people with kindness and realizing our work will make a difference.”
Sexism in the Photo Industry, PDN - “I want this industry to understand that the discrimination I face is different from the discrimination a white woman faces,” says photographer Oriana Koren. “People have very limiting ideas of the sort of work they imagine a black womxn doing and I can tell you firsthand, being behind the camera is not one of those jobs they imagine.”