the board

Our Board of Directors is composed of women and non-binary visual storytellers of color. As of now, the Authority Collective is completely volunteer-run and we are organizing in addition to our full-time work as editors, freelance visual storytellers, educators and consultants.

TARA PIXLEY  // Los Angeles, California
JOVELLE TAMAYO // Seattle, Washington
DANIELLE VILLASANA // Istanbul, Turkey
MARY KANG // New York, New York
ELAINE CROMIE // Detroit, Michigan
MELISSA BUNNI ELIAN // New York, New York
MENGWEN CAO // New York, New York
ARIEL ZAMBELICH // New York, New York
DANIELLE SCRUGGS // Chicago, Illinois

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.

Authority Collective

The Authority Collective is a group of womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people of color reclaiming their authority in the photography, film and VR/AR industries.
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