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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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on NYT Lens: Women of Color Organize for Access and Accountability in Photojournalism
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Feb 10, 2019
The Authority Collective, whose members are women, transgender or nonbinary photographers, is building a supportive community while challenging industry leaders’ thinking about diversity and representation.

Tara Pixley often felt isolated in the newsrooms where she worked as a photographer or photo editor. As a “black woman who was the child of immigrants, raised by a single mom, and also a first-generation college student,” she struggled for a decade to fit in. She was the only woman of color in the photo departments where she worked and was ignored or treated dismissively.

She originally blamed herself for not fitting in, but after talking with other photographers who were women of color, she realized that they all had similar experiences of being shut out of conversations.

“There is a three-prong gender/race/class identity space, and the bias and marginalization that it brings down on a visual journalist is very real and makes it difficult for women of color to succeed in this industry,” Ms. Pixley said. “Add to that being gender nonconforming, non-binary or trans, then you’re just this kind of oddity that no one seems to know how to engage.”

Read the full article, here.
 Women of Color Organize for Access and Accountability in Photojournalism
The Authority Collective, whose members are women, transgender or nonbinary photographers, is building a supportive community while challenging industry leaders’ thinking about diversity and representation.
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