The Authority Collective
The Authority Collective is a group of womxn, non-binary, and gender expansive people of color, reclaiming our authority in lens-based visual media. As professionals in the photography, film, and VR/AR industries, our mission is to empower artists with resources and community, and to take action against systemic and individual abuses, in the world of lens-based visual work. Our goal is to remove barriers to access for BIPOC entering editorial, journalism, documentary, commercial, and fine art careers.
The Authority Collective connects our community members with job, mentorship, networking, and professional development resources. We look to shift the power dynamic in traditional and independent media, so that the stories we tell, represent the true diversity of our world. We are establishing our power, to set standards that challenge colonial narratives, and the notions of success.
The Lit List 2020: Photographers to Watch, Exhibit & Hire
Brooklyn Bridge Park – New Dock Street
The Lit List—a merit-based list of 25 photographers to watch, exhibit, and hire—is committed to recognizing the outstanding work of womxn, non-binary, transgender or gender-expansive people of color, and artists, who have been otherwise under-supported or under-resourced, by the visual media industry.
Annenberg Space for Photography
Authority Collective presents queer artists of color who are re-visioning the lexicon that imagines the queer form: framing it as beautiful, strong, complex and multi-faceted.
THE LIT LIST: 30 Under-the-Radar Photographers
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
This exhibition was curated from the winners of the inaugural LIT LIST, a list created by the Authority Collective, in partnership with Diversify.Photo, to highlight 30 talented photographers of color and other underrepresented identities.
Artist Talk: Perspectives from Lit List 2020 Photographers
Lit List 2020 photographers Isabel Okoro, Justin J Wee, Nolwen Cifuentes, Carmen Daneshmandi, and Samantha Cabrera Friend will show work and discuss their experiences within the visual media industry.
Walking Tour of Photoville with Tara Pixley of Authority Collective
Join Tara Pixley, founding member of RECLAIM Photo and Authority Collective, for a guided tour of Photoville.
Walking Tour of Photoville with Adama Delphine Fawundu
Join photographer, visual artist, and curator Adama Delphine Fawundu for a guided tour of Photoville.
Parallax: ReVisioning Queer and Trans People of Color in Photography
A panel discussion featuring the photographers and curators of the Authority Collective’s Parallax group show, sharing their perspectives on imaging the QTPOC experience.
Walking Tour with Mengwen Cao, Authority Collective
Tour Photoville with Mengwen Cao, artist and co-curator of the exhibition by Authority Collective, a group of womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people of color reclaiming their authority in the photography, film, VR/AR industries.