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

ARTICLES

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.”

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.”

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.”

  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."

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."


Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. - TED

Women Photograph, Oriana Koren on Race & Inclusion"It’s not enough to assign ‘diverse’ stories. Image makers need to be diverse in visual approach and identity and experience. There is nothing new or novel about sending out a white photographer to photograph communities and people of color. We have a century of what that looks like."


  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."

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.”

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.”

EXPERIENCE SURVEYS

Photojournalism Professional Experience Survey

Inclusion in Photo Survey (for photographers, art directors, editors, client teams, creative agency owners + producers)


Oriana Koren on PDNOriana Koren shares tips and advice on how to make it as an editorial photographer, gleaned from her experience as a woman of color in a predominantly white male business.


Tara Pixley for Newsweek, Inequities Among Photojournalists Produce a Familiar Image - "Even as photojournalists bear witness to the world’s oppressed, impoverished and deprived, certain questions must be contended with—namely, what do the visual stories being told imply about minoritized communities, and who should be telling these stories?"