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Why We Need More Photographers and Photo Editors of Color

September 14, 2017

By Tara Pixley

© Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images

Joshua Lott photographed demonstrators protesting the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police. Tara Pixley pressed to run this image rather than one showing a looter, asking the photo editors she worked with if they wanted to represent the protest movement by showing “a small contingency of violent looters,” she recalls.

Throughout my 14 years working in seven different newsrooms, I have witnessed a dearth of diverse perspectives, among photojournalists as well as photo editors. I’ve found myself the lone woman and the only black person in a newsroom or in the cadre of mostly white male editors choosing which images will make that day’s web or print publication. In August...

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