• Man braiding his hair. Cannon Ball, North Dakota, USA. September, 2016.

THE LIT LIST: 30 Under-the-Radar Photographers

19 Jul 2018 2018 CONTAINER

The Lit List recognizes the outstanding work of photographers who are womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary, people of color, or otherwise underrepresented artists.

Featuring: Miranda Barnes, Dana Scruggs, Josue Rivas, Kayla Reefer, Mengwen Cao, Nichole Washington,Jessica Pettway, Kelly Marshall, Gabriella Angotti-Jones, Anthony Geathers, Sofia Jaramillo, Jared Soares, Maria Del Rio, Lucy Hewett, Arlene Mejorado, Carmen Chan, Carolina Hidalgo, Michael M. Santiago, Aundre Larrow, Shan Wallace, Eloisa Lopez, Rhynna M. Santos, Andrea Morales, Meron Menghistab, Sophia Nahli Allison, Aisha Mugo, Lynsey Weatherspoon, Shirley Yu, Maheder Haileselassie, Erika P. Rodriguez

Presented and curated by

The Authority Collective


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. A white, cisgender, heteronormative, patriarchal lens dominates our world’s visual histories, and it is this same lens that determines access and success in many industries, including photography and film. We are asserting our right to tell stories from our own communities, which have long been misrepresented and erased in visual media. And we are establishing our power to set standards that challenge colonial aesthetics, narratives and notions of success. We are reclaiming our authority as storytellers and image makers.


The Authority Collective is a group of womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people of color reclaiming their authority in the photography, film and VR/AR industries. The group’s mission is to empower marginalized artists with resources and community, and take action against systemic and individual abuses in the world of lens-based editorial, documentary and commercial visual work.

Diversify.Photo is an initiative from Brent Lewis and Andrea Wise with help from Jehan Jillani, Jennifer Samuel and Elijah Walker, thanks to Dudley M. Brooks, Michael Wichita and Elizabeth Krist. Diversify was born out of a recognition that calling for more diversity in the photo industry is not enough. To diversify photo, we need to equip art buyers, creative directors, and photo directors with resources to discover photographers of color available for assignments and commissions.

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