Oct 62021
 archive : 2021

The Vision Black Female Photojournalists Bring To Major News Coverage

Black female photographers bring a unique visual perspective to major news events. In this talk, Tara and Michael will take a close, fascinating and informative look at key images from 2020’s social justice protests.

Presenters: Tara Pixley Michael Shaw

Location: Online

Presented by:

  • Reading The Pictures

Supported by:

  • PhotoWings

Photoville Festival 2021 Sessions On-demand recordings are made possible thanks to our partner, PhotoWings.

In this panel, writer, photographer, and scholar Tara Pixley and Reading the Pictures publisher Michael Shaw will discuss a select group of photos by Black women photographers published by major media outlets during the civil rights protests in 2020. Pixley’s content analysis research, and the Reading the Pictures emphasis on the analysis of individual news photos will inform the discussion. We also welcome your questions and feedback in the Q&A.

Presenter Bios

  • Tara Pixley

    Tara Pixley

    Tara Pixley is a queer Jamaican-American photojournalist and assistant professor of journalism at Temple University. Her photography, which reimagines race, gender, and LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities through a liberation lens, has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Newsweek, Allure, HuffPost, ProPublica, Nieman Reports, and ESPN, among many others.

    She is a 2022 Reynolds Journalism Fellow, a 2021 IWMF NextGen fellow, a 2020 World Press Photo Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative awardee, and a visiting 2016 Knight fellow at Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

    Pixley is the secretary of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Board and the executive director of Authority Collective, an organization dedicated to establishing equity in visual media.

  • Michael Shaw

    Michael Shaw

    Michael Shaw is a clinical psychologist and publisher of Reading the Pictures, the visual and media literacy nonprofit dedicated to the daily analysis of news images. He also writes and lectures on visual politics and photojournalism. He is a regular contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and his work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times MagazineThe New RepublicSalonQuartz, and American Photo.


  • Reading The Pictures

    Reading The Pictures

    The nonprofit media and visual literacy site, Reading the Pictures, is the only organization dedicated to the daily analysis of news photos and cultural images. Launched in 2004, Reading the Pictures is closely followed by the news and photo media, the photojournalism community, university journalism, photojournalism, visual studies/communication programs, and visually concerned citizens.

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