Jun 222022
 archive : 2022

CRAFTING YOUR CAREER: “Build Your Own Collective”

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned professional, every photographer needs a community.

Speakers: Rhynna M. Santos Amy Scott Ariel Zambelich

Moderators: Salgu Wissmath

Location: Online

Presented by:

  • Diversify Photo
  • Photoville

Supported by:

  • Leica Camera

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned professional, every photographer needs a community. A lively discussion with founders and leaders of Authority Collective, Bronx Women’s Photo Collective, and Queer The Lens Collective will cover the ins and outs of when, why, and how to create your photography collective.

Crafting Your Career is a web series to create pathways for freelancing visual storytellers to become successful in the photography industry. With workshops that talk about the art of the side hustle, creating collectives, and understanding contracts, these discussions and presentations from all-star and up-and-coming photographers are designed to guide members of our photographic community towards growth and success in their careers.

The workshops are especially geared towards BIPOC photographers, and are open to photographers anywhere in the world. We are here to support BIPOC and non-Western photographers to have successful careers.

Speaker Bios

  • Rhynna M. Santos

    Rhynna M. Santos

    Rhynna M. Santos is a Puerto Rico-born photographer living and working in the Bronx.  Santos’s art captures the beautiful, painful, funny, and endlessly complex lives and perspectives of people of color in her community.

    In 2019, Santos was featured for the third time by the New York Times, which in 2018 also profiled her show #papielmaestro, a documentary exploration of the life of her father, jazz great, Ray Santos. Later that same year, Santos was chosen as an En Foco Fellow and her work exploring the lives of Latina Muslims was exhibited at Andrew Freedman Home and featured in Nueva Luz Photographic Journal. She was also recognized as a Lit List finalist by the Authority Collective. Her work has been featured in Jerome Avenue Workers Project 2015, Living Latina 2016, Photoville 2018 and Bronx Now 2018.

    Santos is the founder of the Bronx Women’s Photo Collective, curator for the Instagram feed Everyday Bronx and member of the Bronx Photo League at the Bronx Documentary Center.

    Santos earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from UCLA in 2007 and has lived and worked in Spain, where she placed in her first photography competition, PhotoEspaña.

  • Amy Scott

    Amy Scott

    Amy Scott (they/them) is a queer and nonbinary commercial and advertising photographer who specializes in food, lifestyle, and agricultural storytelling.

    They make images of food, the people who grow it, those who enjoy it, and its journey from the field to the table. Having been a small-scale vegetable farmer, their love affair with food is rooted in the love and admiration for those who work so hard to produce it. Whether in the studio or in the field, they strive for imagery that is vibrant, full of life, and that feels personal and tangible.

    Real-world beauty, accessibility, and playfulness are the cornerstones of their work.

    Amy is one of the co-founders of Queer the Lens, a growing community of

    LGBTQIA+ creatives in photography and video, both on and off set.  The QTL mission is to empower the creative queer community by establishing an inclusive space where we can voice our needs, create connections, and share resources.

  • Ariel Zambelich

    Ariel Zambelich

    Ariel Zambelich (she/her) is a board member with the Authority Collective, an organization that amplifies the voices of female-identifying and nonbinary lens-based creators of color through community action. She is also a former organizer with the Freelance Solidarity Project, a union for freelance media workers. Professionally, Zambelich is a freelance photojournalist and a lead photo editor for the Wall Street Journal, where she collaborates to tell stories through photojournalism and design. She previously worked at the Intercept, NPR Visuals, and WIRED.

Moderator Bios

  • Salgu Wissmath

    Salgu Wissmath

    Salgu Wissmath (they/them) is a nonbinary Korean-American photographer based in Sacramento, California. They are dedicated to decolonizing the field of photography by focusing on stories by and for people of color and the queer community. Their personal work explores the intersections of mental health, queer identity, and faith from a conceptual documentary approach. They are a 2022 IWMF Gwen Ifill Fellow, a 2021 California Arts Council Emerging Artist Fellow, and a recipient of a 2021 Puffin Foundation Grant. Their work has been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, HuffPost, and the Cut, among others. Wissmath is the communications director for Diversify Photo, and a proud member of other collectives dedicated to diversifying and decolonizing the photo industry such as Women Photograph, Authority Collective, Native Agency, and AAJA.


  • 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 mass media has seen and recorded the images of our time. Our international online database is used by editors at major media outlets seeking to diversify their rosters of visual storytellers. We also create networking, exhibiting, speaking, community-building, and resource-sharing opportunities for our members.

  • Photoville


    Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography and visual storytelling by producing a free annual festival, amplifying impactful narratives, and connecting artists to a wide global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large scale exhibitions.

    Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships and creative collaborations with community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives by working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide to create new exhibition and public art opportunities that showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography. For more information about Photoville visit,

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