Tara Pixley

Tara Pixley

Tara Pixley, Ph.D. (b. 1983) (she/her) is a queer, first generation Jamaican-American photographer, curator, and educator based in Los Angeles. She is an assistant professor of journalism at Loyola Marymount University. She was a 2021 IWMF NextGen Fellow, a 2020 awardee of the inaugural World Press Photo Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative, and a 2016 Visiting Knight Fellow at Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Her writing and photography have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Newsweek, ProPublica, HuffPost, Nieman Reports, ESPN Magazine, CanonPro, and the Black Scholar, among many others. Her filmic and photographic work intersect with her scholarship and advocacy, each addressing the intersectionality of race, gender, class, visual rhetoric, and the potential for visual media to reimagine marginalized communities. She is on the board of stock photo co-op Stocksy United, and serves as secretary of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) board. She is also a co-founder and director of Authority Collective — an organization dedicated to establishing equity in visual media.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Tara Pixley

Rebel Vision

Brooklyn Bridge Park – New Dock Street
 archive : 2021
Rebel Vision centers the work of Black female and non-binary photojournalists to chart the liberatory possibilities of using the documentary camera as a tool for anti-racism.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2019

The 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.

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Annenberg Space for Photography
 archive : Photoville LA

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.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Tara Pixley

Jun 212022

CRAFTING YOUR CAREER: “Destigmatizing Side Hustles”

It’s the big open secret of the photography community: everyone does side work. Come and hear how different rockstar photographers subsidize and develop their careers with work that’s not just editorial photography.

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Oct 62021

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.

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Sep 152019

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.

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Sep 162017

Reclaiming Photography

A panel discussion from the founding members of RECLAIM: an alliance of The Everyday Projects, Native Agency, Majority World, Women Photograph, Minority Report [renamed from Visioning Project], and Diversify Photo. We are six organizations committed to amplifying the voices of underrepresented photographers and decolonizing the photojournalism industry.

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