past events

Authority Collective’s People of Color Photo Editors Salon

January 2020 @ National Geography, DC

A discussion on access, resources and decolonizing visual media featuring perspectives from professional visual editors of color. We asked: what are the challenges unique to being a decision maker of color?  How do we recognize stereotypical imagery and limit publishing implicitly biased photography? How do we  advocate for strong, critically aware imagery that broadens the scope of public understanding rather than reiterating centuries old ways of thinking? The workshop also made space for breakout strategy sessions and networking. Sponsored by Visura, with additional support from IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Grant for Women Journalists.

ReVisioning Queer & Trans People of Color in Photography Photoville panel

September 2019 @ New York 

A panel discussion featuring the photographers and curators of the Authority Collective’s Parallax group show, sharing their perspectives on imaging the QTPOC experience.

Safety Training, co-hosted by IWMF and Blink

March 2019 @ New York

A free, four-hour safety training for Authority Collective members, sponsored by IWMF, led by Allison Baskerville of ROARR, and hosted at the Blink space in Brooklyn, NY.

Portfolio Review Workshop, co-hosted by PhotoShelter

March 2019 @ New York 

The day before the New York Portfolio Review, we met at the PhotoShelter space in Union Square to share resources and portfolio review tips, and start conversation about the industry issues on our mind before heading to Cafe Erzulie in Brooklyn to decompress.

Portland Artist Talks: Celeste Noche + Josué Rivas

October 2018 @ Portland 

Photographer Josué Rivas, one of the 30 inaugural Lit List Photographers to Watch, and local photographer and Authority Collective member Celeste Noche presented their work at Ori Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Our event space sponsor, Ori Gallery, is an art gallery and space for trans and queer artists of color and community organizing.

Seattle Artist Talks: Meron Menghistab + Chloe Collyer

August 2018 @ Seattle 

The Authority Collective presented an artist talk featuring photographer Meron Menghistab, one of the 30 inaugural Lit List Photographers to Watch, and local photographer and Authority Collective member Chloe Collyer, at Indie Genius Media studio in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood.

POCs in Production x Authority Collective showcase and meet-up

July 2018 @ New York 

Certain film festivals and art galleries are very elitist, very expensive and of course, very white. These spaces make it hard for talented folks of color to gain access and showcase their incredible art. We co-hosted a showcase with POCs in Production to support creatives of color. We started the night with film screenings, a photography gallery, panel discussions, then shifted gears to party the night away.


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