SYMPOSIUM # 1, September 21, 2020 5:00pm – 6:30pm


Meet individuals from grassroots organization working towards dismantling harmful practices in the visual journalism and editorial media industry. 

Diversity & Inclusion

Meet individuals from the grassroots organizations working towards dismantling harmful practices in the visual journalism and editorial media industry.

Authority Collective


Women Photograph

Diversify Photo

Photo Bill of Rights

Natives Photograph

Color Positive

Everyday Projects

Black Women Photographers


Host: Juliette Wolf-Robin, National Executive Director American Photographic Artists (APA)


Josue Rivas
Tara Pixley
Polly Irungu

Peter DiCampo is a documentary photographer whose goal is to contribute his work to a dialogue on international development and perceptions of Africa. He is a cofounder of The Everyday Projects, a 2019 Stanford JSK Journalism Fellow, and the recipient of grants and awards from Code for Africa, Pulitzer Center, Magnum Foundation, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Open Society Foundations, and POYi, among many others. His photography has appeared in the world’s leading publications and has exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions in New York, London, and Rio de Janeiro.


Polly Irungu, Founder of Black Women Photographers

Multimedia journalist, digital editor and self-taught photographer Polly Irungu is the founder of Black Women Photographers, a global community and online database of Black women and non-binary photographers.

Polly is a Digital Content Editor at New York Public Radio (WYNC), where she is responsible for managing social media for WNYC and PRX’s ‘The Takeaway’, a national NPR show with over 2 million listeners, pitching news stories and features for The Takeaway and her podcast is ranked the 4th most downloaded, amongst others.

As a photographer, Polly’s work has been published in numerous publications, including Refinery29, NPR, PetaPixel, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, CNN, HuffPost, OkayPlayer, OkayAfrica, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and the University of Oregon.

In 2017, Polly completed a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Polly has lived around the world from Nairobi, Kenya to Topeka, Kansas to Eugene, Oregon to Washington, D.C., and ultimately to Brooklyn, New York.

Polly Irungu has spoken about social media, branding, podcasting, media diversity, African media, COVID-19, and photojournalism at US institutions such as the University of Oregon, and as a panelist for The Guardian – Nigeria, Public Ambition, Twitter, NBC News, Hustle Summit, National Association of Black Journalists, and Online News Association.


Jai Lennard is a NY based photographer who hails from San Jose, Ca. He is a portrait and commercial photographer who focuses his work in uplifting voices and stories necessary for change. He is the founder of Color Positive, an organization focused on amplifying Black artists and mentoring the youth.
Color Positive is a non profit organization focused in amplifying Black Talent in commercial photography, styling and directing. Many of the artists we showcase also work directly with us in schools as speakers, counselors and mentors. We strongly believe providing information and access to students who are interested in pursuing the arts as a career.


Tara Pixley,

PhD, is a photographer and professor with a 20-year career in visual journalism. Dr. Pixley is based in Los Angeles, where she teaches journalism and media studies at Loyola Marymount University. She was a Visiting Knight Fellowship at Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism and was a recipient of the inaugural World Press Photo Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative. Her writing and photography have appeared in various publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Newsweek, ProPublica, HuffPost, Nieman Reports, ESPN Magazine, CanonPro, and the Black Scholar. Her film and photographic work intersect with her scholarship and advocacy, each addressing the problematics of representation and the possibility of contemporary visual media to reimagine marginalized communities.

She is a co-Founder and Board Member of Authority Collective — an organization dedicated to diversifying perspectives in visual media and she is currently working on a book chronicling the move to decolonize the visual journalism industry.


Josué Rivas (Mexica and Otomi) is a creative director, visual storyteller and educator working at the intersection of art, journalism, and social justice. His work aims to challenge the mainstream narrative about Indigenous peoples, build awareness about issues affecting Native communities across Turtle Island, and be a visual messenger for those in the shadows of our society.

He is a 2020 Catchlight Leadership Fellow, Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow, founder of the Standing Strong Project, co-founder of Natives Photograph and winner of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo.

His work has appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian,The New York Times, Apple and Nike N7 amongst others. He is available for photo assignments, film projects and exhibitions.

Josué is based in Portland, OR.


Andrea Wise is a Contract Photo Editor on the history & Culture desk at National Geographic. As an independent photo/video editor and producer, she works with brands, nonprofits, and editorial outlets to tell visual stories about the human condition. As Co-Founder of Diversify Photo, she is passionate about increasing the representation of marginalized groups in visual media. She has worked with National Geographic, Newsweek, ProPublica, BuzzFeed News, The Intercept, The New York Times, AARP, Open Society Foundations, among others. Her work has been recognized by The Telly Awards, The National Press Photographers Association, College Photographer of the Year, and The Student Academy Awards. She earned her M.A. in Photography from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and her B.A. with Honors in Studio Arts from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and is an alum of the Eddie Adams, Kalish, and Mountain Workshops.