Sep 182020
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Back to Business: Workflow

This session will focus on legal business structures, taxes and accounting, and business insurance. The workshops are especially geared towards BIPOC photographers, and are open to photographers anywhere in the world.

Presenters: Radhika Chalasani Jessica Chou Matt Sayles

Location: Online

Presented by:

  • Diversify Photo
  • Photoville

Supported by:

  • Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation

Photoville is proud to partner with Diversify Photo to host their first set of professional development workshops together.

These workshops are aimed towards experienced and emerging editorial photographers who would like to take on commercial assignments and want to learn the business skills to do so. This session will focus on legal business structures, taxes and accounting, and business insurance. The workshops are especially geared towards BIPOC photographers, and are open to photographers anywhere in the world.

The workshop is proudly supported by Fujifilm with additional support by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Presenter Bios

  • Radhika Chalasani

    Radhika Chalasani

    Radhika is a native New Yorker. She started her photographic career on staff at the Asia-Pacific regional headquarters of Agence France-Presse in Hong Kong as a photographer and editor. She was later based in Vietnam as a freelance photographer as the country was emerging from years of isolation following the Vietnam War. From southeast Asia she relocated to Nairobi, Kenya, where she spent several years covering significant news events, including the Rwandan refugees crisis and famine in southern Sudan, for major magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and Europe, as well as the United Nations and other aid agencies.

    Eventually, Radhika lived in Paris before returning to New York. Her work has been featured in many publications including, The New York TimesThe Washington PostTIMEStern and Paris Match. She has also had numerous wedding, nonprofit, and corporate clients during her career. She has worked at CBS News Digital as a photo editor, and she now works as a senior photo editor at ABC News Digital.

  • Jessica Chou

    Jessica Chou

    Whether it’s taking portraits of high-profile public figures, shooting national campaigns or working on personal projects, what unites Jessica Chou’s diverse body of work is her curiosity, empathy, and her ease in shifting between disparate worlds and finding the naturalness in things that do not necessarily belong together. She’s a regular contributor to publications like The New York TimesCalifornia Sunday Magazine, WIRED, and Billboard, among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and it can be found in the permanent collection of the Tweed Museum of Art. More recently, her personal project about her hometown in the San Gabriel Valley was a runner up for the 2020 Aperture Portfolio Prize. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Middle East History. She lives and works between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

  • Matt Sayles

    Matt Sayles

    Matt is a portrait, commercial, and fashion, photographer and director based in Los Angeles. Matt focuses his work on creating images that reflect a more inclusive image of beauty, and highlighting stories from people and communities that are currently underrepresented. Matt first picked up a camera at the age of twelve and immediately fell in love. Matt graduated with a BA in Political Science from Stanford University, and holds a MBA with a concentration in Marketing from UCLA. He started his professional career as a photojournalist covering sports and news for the Associated Press before evolving toward his current focus. Matt sees every shoot as a storytelling opportunity. He loves collaborating with his clients and subjects to create beautiful and moving imagery. Matt currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two sons, and two dogs.


  • Diversify Photo

    Diversify Photo

    Diversify Photo is a community of BIPOC and non-Western photographers, editors, and visual producers working to break with the predominantly colonial and patriarchal eye through which history and the media have recorded the images of our time.

  • Photoville


    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

    For more information about Photoville visit,

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