The photo industry has been dominated by men for years, but never before have women’s voices been stronger. In this panel, we’ll be joined by creatives who are pushing to help female photographers share their work and their stories.
Presenters: Sherry Wang Daniella Zalcman Amanda Gorence
Moderators: Elizabeth Griffin
Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse
The photo industry has been dominated by men for years, but never before have women’s voices been stronger. In this panel, we’ll be joined by creatives who are pushing to help female photographers share their work and their stories. Led by Elizabeth Griffin, we’ll sit down with Amanda Gorence, Photo Editor at Refinery29; Daniella Zalcman, Founder of Women Photograph; and Sherry Wang of Lensational, a nonprofit giving cameras to women in underserved areas. We’ll discuss how these leaders are forging the way for women in photography, and hear their hopes for female creatives in the future.
Sherry Wang is a product designer based in New York City with a background in human-computer interaction and consulting. She’s passionate about the intersection of social impact and photography and manages corporate partnerships for Lensational, a social enterprise that uses photography to empower women and girls economically and emotionally. Previously, she also did volunteer photography for Daughters Rising, a non-profit organization in Thailand that works to empower at-risk girls through education and training programs to prevent trafficking.
Daniella Zalcman (Women Photograph, b. 1986) is a Vietnamese-American documentary photographer based in New Orleans. She is a multiple grantee of the National Geographic Society and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the founder of Women Photograph—a nonprofit working to elevate the voices of women and nonbinary visual journalists.
Her work focuses on the legacies of Western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of Indigenous children in North America. She is also a co-founder of Indigenous Photograph, a co-founder and creative director of We, Women, and one of the co-authors of the Photo Bill of Rights.
Zalcman is a proud member of the Authority Collective and Diversify Photo, as well as a member of the board of trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the board of directors of the ACOS Alliance. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.
Amanda Gorence is a photo editor at Refinery29, where she produces and concepts original photography for the digital media company, which receives over 25 million unique visitors to its site monthly. Prior to that, she was at Fitness Magazine and formerly the Managing Editor at Feature Shoot, a site showcasing the work of international emerging and established photographers. Amanda actively participates in the photo community and independent curatorial projects, mounting exhibits at Photoville since 2012, and most recently co-curating Refinery29’s all female photographer exhibits at Photoville 2016 and 2017.
Elizabeth Griffin has worked as a photo editor, strategic partnerships manager, and social media producer for the past decade. Committed to smashing the glass ceiling, she is delighted to host this panel with such talented, accomplished, and outstanding women.