So, various surveys and data sets tell us that roughly 15% of the news photographer community is made up of women. That's a huge problem. Not just from a hiring equality standpoint — though obviously that's important to us too — but because if journalists hope to accurately and ethically tell the stories of people from all over the world, we need to make sure that our storytellers are as diverse as the communities we cover.
Photojournalists, and photojournalism, are responsible for teaching the rest of the world how to see. We introduce our audience to people they’ll never meet, and places they’ll never visit. We tell them what matters.
When we tell stories about war, or politics, or fashion, or sports from an almost entirely male perspective, we do a great disservice to the public. We codify one demographic’s way of seeing as being more important, and
Women Photograph is obviously focused on tackling one particular kind of diversity, but we are mindful that the photojournalism world benefits from working to make sure we are inclusive of people of all gender identities, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Good journalism requires a healthy balance of insider and outsider voices. But for a long time now, an overwhelming majority of journalists have had a consistent MO:
Still have questions? Try one of these interviews with Women Photograph founder Daniella Zalcman.