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.
Women at the Forefront: A Push for an Even Playing Field
Featuring: Elizabeth Griffin (Moderator), Sherry Wang, Daniella Zalcman, Amanda Gorence
Friday, September 15 | 11:30AM – 12:15PM
Location: St. Ann’s Warehouse – 45 Water St DUMBO Brooklyn
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.
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.
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 (b. 1986) is a documentary photographer based in London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and a member of Boreal Collective. She is also the founder of Women Photograph, an initiative to elevate the voices of female and nonbinary visual journalists. Her work tends to focus 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. Her ongoing project, “Signs of Your Identity,” is the recipient of the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize, a 2017 RFK Journalism Award, the Magnum Foundation’s 2016 Inge Morath Award, and the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award. 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.