I have set up a group for Race & Diversity in Photojournalism:
PREAMBLE: I have posted this in "Ethical Issues' as I am sure we'd all agree it is at the very least an ethical necessity to be aware of race and diversity issues as they relate to photojournalism and other sectors of the photographic community.
PROPOSAL: I have proposed an online symposium - a week of collective effort - to discuss issues surrounding race, diversity, representation, industry structure, history and power and most importantly personal experience.
WHEN?: The week will be planned and coordinated. It shall be in mid-spring.
WHY?: Because much of the online (photoblogosphere) discussion on race and diversity has lacked depth, respect, understanding or shared conclusions.
WHAT?: An attempt to use our existing online networks, sites and blogs to dominate and focus discussion on stories of empowerment, discrimination, success and struggle within an appreciation of diversity in photojournalism and photography as a whole.
HOW? By simply agreeing to participate and bringing your experience to bear. I shall act as a coordinator - mainly to avoid repetition, group themes, answer questions. But this will not be a centralised endeavour. The strength of the symposium derives from the contributions of all.
a) To broaden discussion
b) To bring stories to the public previously unheard
c) To establish a permanent website with the collective efforts archived for future learning
WHO? Colin Pantall, Amy Stein, Joerg Colberg, Ian Aleksander Adams, Stan Banos, Ben Chesterton, John Edwin Mason, Daniel Cuthbert, Michael Shaw, Matt Lutton, Daryl Lang, Nathalie Belayche, Paul Lowe, Qiana Mestrich, Mark Page ... AND YOU?
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you wish to contribute to this collective effort. We all have something to offer.
We will be using Open-i for discussions as they relate to photojournalism and I shall be using it to coordinate members so we can be in the loop on each others activities.
Paul also wants to use the webinar capacity, which sounds terrific ... and I'll place in his capable hands.