Editor's Note: Curated by Cameron Peters, this 6-part feature, released over the next month, aims to encourage publishers and brands to hire more freelance visual storytellers worldwide to grow your audiences through impactful imagery rooted in diverse voices, narratives, and modes of storytelling.
As we welcome 2023, Visura is delighted to highlight success stories by 50 freelance visual storytellers, artists, and journalists worldwide, who worked to inform audiences with unique, compelling visuals.
"These images ignite resilience, connection, and mystery, causing us to pause and open up to collective transformation." - Cameron Peters, Platform Curator
At a time when the industry continues to inundate audiences with superfluous stock images or AI-regenerative visual content, Visura remains committed to empowering professional creators and buyers with easy access to unique and in-depth visuals. This 6-part feature is a glimpse of the incredible work that is being produced by freelancers today.
Caption: A girl sews and sells clothes while studying in the Balangir district. The sewing machines were provided by Fairtrade with the support of the Bansal Organic Grower group under the Fairtrade Premium Project to earn money during the cotton production's off-season. Distribution in Odisha, India. February 27, 2022.
Johis Alarcón's new book I am black because the sun looked at medocuments the intergenerational stories and spirituality of the maroon sisters and African-descent women who survived slavery in Latin America. The book focuses on their continued resistance, resilience, and protection of the region today.
Caption: Alba Pavón, a community leader at "Caminos a la Libertad," a neighborhood in the northwest of Quito. She emigrated to the city in 1970 from the Afro community of el Chota, Valley. Alba represents "Yemayá," the mother of all the Orishas. Alba feels identified with this Orisha because the memories of her ancestors and territory are linked with water, the river is enrooted with her childhood. Quito, 2018.
Fatima Shbair wins a 2022 World Press Photo award for her image of Palestinian children in Gaza, photographed while on assignment for Getty Images.
Caption: Palestinian children hold candles during a rally amid the ruins of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes, in Beit Lahia Northern Gaza Strip on May 25, 2021 in Gaza City, Gaza. Gaza residents returned to damaged and destroyed homes as the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas appeared to be holding. The ceasefire brings to an end eleven days of fighting which killed more than 250 Palestinians, many of them women and children, and 13 Israelis. The conflict began on May 10th after rising tensions in East Jerusalem and clashes at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound.
For Vogue, Victoria Razo photographed the Mercadita Feminista, Feminist Market, in Mexico City.
Caption: Portrait of Paola, 27, part of the 'Feminist Front Against Economic Violence.' Paola sells handmade chakira jewerly outside the Bellas Arte Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, February 5, 2022. The Mercaditas became a touchpoint for women seeking help. Passersby in the subway started to approach the vendors to ask for advice about aborting unwanted pregnancies or leaving abusive relationships. Deep in the heart of a city wracked by violence against women, in the face of harassment and extortion, police brutality, and economic precarity, the Mercaditas represented resistance.
On assignment for L'Equipe Magazine, Jeoffrey Guillemard photographed a story about football at HBCUs, Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Caption: A few minutes before the launch of the Florida Classic in Orlando, Florida, the orchestra's choreographer finalizes the costume details for one of the principal dancers, Kevin Goins. November 2021.
On assignment for Agencia EFE, Adriana Thomasa photographed International Women's Day in Santiago, Chile. Her work was published in El País.
Caption: Two protestors, one of them waving the trans pride flag, pause during a march on the occasion of International Women's Day, in Santiago, Chile, March 8, 2022. The protestors were posing for a photo being taken by another protestor.