Jun 142023
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LEVELING UP: “The Birth of a (Photo) Book or Zine”

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What does it take to make a photo book/zine realized?

Speakers: Gabriella Angotti-Jones Matthew Austin Oriana Koren Gabriela Hasbun

Moderators: David M. Barreda

Location: Online

Presented by:

  • Photoville
  • Diversify Photo

Supported by:

  • Leica Camera

Have you ever wondered what it takes to create a photo book or zine from start to finish? With our panel of photographers and designers we will be presenting on the ins and outs of the birth of a photo book on June 14.

Leveling Up 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

  • Gabriella Angotti-Jones

    Gabriella Angotti-Jones

    Gabriella Angotti-Jones is a documentary photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. One of Artsy’s emerging photo journalists to watch, Gabriella uses her editorial background to inform her imagery, focusing on found light, intimate, storytelling moments and graphic compositions. Her documentary work focuses on the intersection of race, identity, and environmental justice.

    She was previously a staff photographer at the LA Times and has worked at papers across the country including The San Francisco Chronicle, Tampa Bay Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and The New York Times.

  • Matthew Austin

    Matthew Austin

    Matthew Austin is an artist, publisher, and bookbinder based in Los Angeles.

  • Oriana Koren

    Oriana Koren

    Oriana Koren is an artist-researcher-speculatist working at the intersection of language and optical technologies.

    Their photography and writing centers the perspectives of colonized people and historically exploited communities, and, for the last decade, they have worked to dismantle revisionist histories around the cultural contributions African descendants have made in building American culture.

    Oriana is a founding member of the Authority Collective, founder and curator of the Lit List, and currently a member of the Candor Collective.

  • Gabriela Hasbun

    Gabriela Hasbun

    Working mainly in editorial photography specializing in portraits, Hasbun finds much of her inspiration by simply paying attention to what surrounds her in “the streets, talking to people, and listening to stories on the radio”. These influences are reflected in the subjects she chooses to focus her series on; from the streets in San Francisco, to the modern rodeo, to an editorial story about fat activists in the Bay Area. Hasbun and her camera have captured a little bit of everything.

Moderator Bios

  • David M. Barreda

    David M. Barreda

    David M. Barreda is a visual editor, multimedia producer, curator, and journalist based in Oakland, California. He is currently a senior photo editor at National Geographic and a core team member of Diversify Photo.

    Previously, David was a photo editor at Earthjustice, a founding editor at Topic, and a founding editor for ChinaFile where he launched the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography in collaboration with the Magnum Foundation.

    He has more than 20 years of visual journalism experience and prior to editing, he worked as a staff photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rocky Mountain News, the Valley News, the Tallahassee Democrat, and the Herald of Randolph. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he received his Master’s degree, and of Middlebury College, where he majored in Geography and Environmental Studies.

    Born in southern Peru and raised on a sheep farm in Vermont, David lives with his partner, their 11-year-old daughter, and Dandelion, a poodle-terrier, Covid-adoptee, rescue dog.


  • 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,

  • 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.

This website was made possible thanks to the generous support and partnership of Photowings