Photo cooperatives and collectives have thrived for decades as a way to share resources (e.g. accounting and marketing functions) for like-minded photographers. But in the past few years, a palpable shift has occurred. Many contemporary collectives aggregate niche or marginalized groups of photographers, and provide a showcase and directory for photo editors to reference.
Sarah and Allen examine the pros and cons of approaching photography through the lens of a potentially unknown “insider” vs the the more traditional method of using the “tried-and-true” photographer. The answer isn’t always clear, but collectives are an important part of the photo ecosystem.
We mention the following photographers and articles in this episode:
- Magnum Photos @magnumphotos
- Group f/64
- Women Photograph
- Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman
- Native Agency (incorrectly identified as “Native Access”) @nativphotograph
- Diversify Photo @diversifyphoto
- Authority Collective @authoritycollective
- Women Photograph: 2018 Year in Pictures
- Mallory Benedict @_mallorybenedict
- Do Photojournalism Contests Glamorize Pain and Suffering
- The Lit List: 30 Photographers to Watch
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