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Databases & Affinity Groups

Diversify.Photo - Curated database of photographers of color available for assignments and commissions. 

Women Photograph - Database of more than 650 independent women documentary photographers based in 91 countries. 

Reclaim Photo - An alliance of five organizations committed to amplifying the voices of underrepresented photographers and decolonizing the photojournalism industry.

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.

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.

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!


Experience Surveys

Photojournalism Professional Experience Survey

Inclusion in Photo Survey  - for photographers, art directors, editors, client teams, creative agency owners + producers. Created by photographer Laila Bahman.


Tools

Birdy - Wanna find out the average rate for an assignments or why that editor isn't responding to your emails?  Birdy allows freelance photographers to share insights regarding rates, assignments, and more.

The Shit List - A directory for creatives to publicly list truant and unpaid accounts as well as to research potential, new clients.


Articles, Interviews & Discussions on Inclusvity in Visual Media

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.”

Poynter, Passion and persistence drive Nikole Hannah-Jones, a newly minted MacArthur genius
“My message is for newsroom management, not journalists of color, to ask them to really do some examination about if their stated goals are really their goals. It’s the same thing I say about school segregation. If newsroom managers wanted diverse newsrooms, they’d have diverse newsrooms.”

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."

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.”

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.”

An Open Letter Against Sexual Harassment in the Photo Industry, PDN - "We want to rid the industry of sexual harassment, sexual coercion, sexual assault and abusive behavior. We demand that the culture of silence and corporate policies that enable predatory behavior be changed."

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.”

 

We realize that some of the content shared here may come from sources with incomplete or problematic politics, or sources who have exhibited misogyny/transphobia/homophobia/etc. We may see value in their contribution but do not believe in forwarding our cause by perpetuating oppressions further. We welcome critiques that aim to build a stronger movement.