how it all began
In November 2017, a group of womxn and non-binary imagemakers of color — frustrated with racism and inequity in the visual media industry — met in Los Angeles, California, searching for community and solutions.
During this symposium, hosted by the Las Fotos Project
space in LA, we asked: Who gets to tell and profit on the stories of marginalized people? Who decides who gets to be an “authority” in the photography industry? How do we establish ourselves as authorities? How do we get gatekeepers to interrogate their practices and push past basic conversations about “diversity”?
We wanted to create actionable solutions for ourselves and industry leaders, to create a culture of accessibility, transparency, accountability. From that, created the Authority Collective — to support each other as we navigate the world of visual media and to challenge harmful narratives perpetuated by inequities in our industry.
The Authority Collective’s founding members are: Hannah Love Yoon, Sophia Nahli Allison, Rozette Rago, Oriana Koren, Jovelle Tamayo, Tara Pixley, Rebecca Aranda, Rikki Wright, T. Thompson and Bethany Mollenkof.