september, 2020

18sep4:00 pm6:00 pmBack to Business: WorkflowPresented by Photoville and Diversify Photo Workshops

Back to Business - Workflow

Event Details

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.

Featuring: Radhika Chalasani, Jessica Chou, Matt Sayles



Matt Sayles (he/him)

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.

Jessica Chou (she/her)

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 Times, California 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.

Radhika Chalasani (she/her)

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 Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Stern 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.


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.

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