Whenever a discussion around diversity of photographers arises, someone inevitably questions why the gender, skin color, sexual orientation, etc of the photographer matters. After all, the argument goes, shouldn’t we judge a photo on its own merits?
If one role of viewing other people’s photography is to show us the world that we don’t see – show us what we thought was familiar in an unexpected way – then that arguably means we should seek and support a diversity of photographers – from White men to trans thems. And in seeing the world through a different light, through a different lens, hopefully it will spark curiosity about what exists outside of the confines of our own existence and bubble. This is one of the gifts of photography.
As Pride month comes to a close, we highlight just a small number of photographers doing thought-provoking work from Robert Mapplethorpe’s controversial sex images to tender images of middle-aged love by Matthew Papa.
Also in the show, the Photo Bill of Rights is unveiled (controversy follows), the Robert Giard Foundation’s grant for emerging LGBTQ photographers, Tom Bianchi, Collier Schorr, Ryan McGinley, Muholi, Queer Appalachia, and a comparison of three kiss photos by Elinor Carucci, David Uzochukwu, and Ryan James Caruthers.
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- Photo Bill of Rights
- Amid today’s turmoil, Photo Bill of Rights offers guidance (via NPPA)
- The Robert Giard Foundation’s $10,000 grant for emerging LGBTQ+ photographers
- Larry Kramer, Prophet and Pussycat (via NYT)
- Robert Giard’s Photographs at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (via artnews)
- 10 emerging photographers with new lenses on queerness (via i-D)
- Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (via HBO)
- Tom Bianchi
- Any Answers: Collier Schorr (via BJP)
- To the First Lady, With Love (via NYT Style Magazine)
- Zanele Muholi (@muholizanele)
- Queer Appalachia
- 35 Queer Photographers Illustrate What “Pride” Really Means (via W)
- Jenna Houston (via Ain’t Bad)
- Chris Smith (via Another Man)
- Matthew Papa
- Comparing 2 Photos of a Kiss: Helmut Newton & Elinor Carucci
- David Uzochukwu (@daviduzochukwu)
- The Photographer Behind the “Cat Person” Image on Capturing a Bad Kiss (via The New Yorker)
- Ryan James Caruthers (@ryanjamescaruthers)