Nydia Blas, Whatever You Like Series, Ithaca, NY
This October, Blazing Editions was proud to assist in the production of the Diversify.Photo Exhibition at PDN PhotoPlus 2018, in the Jacob Javits Center, NYC. It was a show creatively curated, questioning societal norms behind the lens. Through the thoughtful organization of images deriving from artists of different backgrounds, identities, and intents, viewers were able to experience what it means to be aware of that fact that diversity has multiple layers--layers that do not only include the subject before the lens, but the individual behind. Diversify recognizes the need for more resources so that Art Buyers, Consumers, and Photo Directors in charge of such subject matter can discover photographers of color available for assignments and commissions.
NOTE FROM EXHIBITION
'Diversify is a verb. It is an action - an intentional movement to break with the narrow lens through which history and the mass media has seen and recorded the images of our time. Diversify was born out of a recognition that calling for more diversity in the photo industry is not enough.'
For complete access to the database with more information about each photographer - including contact information, self-identified ethnicity, language(s) spoken, and areas of expertise - please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversify 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.