Authority Collective

Biography: 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. Our mission is to empower marginalized artists with... read on
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authority collective
Apr 6, 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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 Jigisha Bouverat, owner of Jigisha Bouverat Collective (JBC)and former Director of Art Production at TBWA\Chiat\Day, and Emma Reeves, Executive Director 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.

About the Panelists:

Lauren Crew is a mixed-race, multi-dimensional photographer with an affinity for light and depth. Her work lives at the intersection between art and emotion. Some of her clients include Mashable, Vogue, Vans, Levis, OxFam, and Red Bull Music Academy.

Melinda James is an image maker with a primary focus in cinematography. Her images embody a visual style that is minimal, yet intimate. Over the years she has shaped a body of work that puts women and underrepresented communities at the forefront. Based in Los Angeles, Melinda also works under the creative title of About Her Films, creating short films, music videos, and commercials. Her work has debuted on outlets such as VSCO, Essence, NPR Music, Participant Media, and has been screened in theaters across the country.

Devyn Galindo is fearlessly nomadic, honest and observant, with an eye toward the gently radical. Devyn documents the lives of their friends emerging from the Chicanx scene in Los Angeles. Exploring their identity as a queer non-binary xicanx artist during the current political climate has become an obsession that has led to their first publication, We Are Still Here, which launched in November 2016. Featured in i-D and Remezcla. 

Jigisha Bouverat, owner of Jigisha Bouverat Collective (JBC), brings a distinct level of experience and perspective from both sides of the industry. She was the Director of Art Production at TBWA\Chiat\Day for over 18 years, during which she managed and mentored teams of Art Producers responsible for revolutionizing the creative and business practices in the industry. During her time at TBWA\Chiat\Day Jigisha worked with a roster of world-class creators and artists to produce some of the most memorable and celebrated advertising campaigns. 

Emma Reeves has an extensive background as a Creative Strategist working across all aspects of cultural communication and new media in the print, digital and live space. Emma joined Jefferson Hack at the Dazed Group in London from 1999 until 2007 working as photo director for Dazed she also helped found Another Magazine and Another Man. She became the Creative Director of the highly influential MOCAtv in 2012, a part of the YouTube original content initiative funded by Google, radically changing the landscape of access to art in the digital realm while managing and creating digital engagements.

Since January 30th 2017 Emma has been Executive Director of Free The Bid:
Free the Bid is a 501c3 non-profit initiative advocating on behalf of women directors for equal opportunities to bid on commercial jobs in the global advertising industry.

Danielle A. Scruggs is a photographer, photo editor, and writer based in Washington, D.C. Her personal work, which includes photography, text, and installation, explores the various ways one can navigate, shape, and take up physical and psychic space, and how this leads to the construction of the self.  Currently, she is a photo editor at ESPN and was previously the director of photography at the Chicago Reader. She is also the founder of Black Women Directors, an online resource highlighting Black women in film.

About the Moderator:
Tara-Lynne Pixley is an editorial and reportage photographer and media studies scholar based in San Diego, CA. With an MFA in Photography and over a decade of experience as a photojournalist and photo editor for news organizations, Tara's photographic and scholarly work focuses on rethinking visual representations of gender, race and sexuality in documentary image-making. She is a founding member of RECLAIM photo and a board member of the Authority Collective.
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