Each year, the Authority Collective will focus on select projects to support marginalized artists in photography, film and VR/AR, whether they’re emerging or established. These projects will include community events like a PoC-centered photo conference, professional development and mentorship opportunities, consulting services and training for industry leaders and allies, accountability initiatives and more. Projects will also be crowdsourced by our community to ensure we are working side-by-side artists and not on behalf of them.
YEAR ONE : ACTIVATE
In 2018, we’ll focus on two introductory activations that will allow us to meet other artists, start breaking down unnecessary barriers to connecting with decision makers, and get our colleagues recognized for their talent and potential.
AN OPEN LETTER TO CAMERA & PHOTOGRAPHY COMPANIES
Recently, Sony announced its winners of the inaugural Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Program. While there was some effort at diversity among the five awarded photographers, the results failed to consider key aspects of what is destructive in photography today. In response, the Authority Collective wrote an open letter to address problematic practices among camera companies and came up with actionable steps these companies and photo organizations can take. Help us put pressure on these folks in our industry to hear our concerns and take action!
Conceived during an Instagram DM exchange between Laylah Barrayn, Tony Luong, Oriana Koren, and Elias Williams, the Lit List is committed to recognizing the outstanding work of photographers who are womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary people of color, or otherwise marginalized artists. Simply put, no heteronormative, cisgender white dudes allowed — there are other lists for that. The Lit List is a response to the consistent lack of accolades and recognition of demonstrated talent of marginalized people in the photography industry. Nominations will come from other photographers as well as photo editors, reps, and visual, art and creative directors, while the jury consists of a mix of often overlooked decision-makers of color, established decision-making allies, and art critics of color. List drops August 2018. Work by the 30 photographers will exhibit at Photoville NYC 2018.
INCLUSIVITY NOW! AN OFFICIAL MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY LOS ANGELES DISCUSSION, PRESENTED BY THE AUTHORITY COLLECTIVE
WHEN: Sunday, April 15, 2:30pm-3:30pm
WHERE: LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
COST: Free with RSVP
There's a lot of talk about inclusivity but what does it really mean to create equity and fairness in the photo and video industry? Join our esteemed panel for a robust discussion about creating actionable paths to an inclusive industry that uplifts and supports marginalized artists in lens-based media. A Q+A will follow allowing emerging photographers to participate in open dialogue with decision makers.
Los Angeles based image makers Lauren Crew, Devyn Galindo, and Melinda James joined by Emma Reeves, founder of Free The Bid and former photo director of Dazed & Confused and Danielle Scruggs, photo editor at ESPN’s Undefeated. Moderated by Tara-Lynne Pixley, Nieman Fellow and freelance photo editor.