The Vision Black Female Photojournalists Bring to Major News Coverage

Photoville Festival 2021 Sessions On-demand recordings are made possible thanks to our partner, PhotoWings 


In this panel, writer, photographer, and scholar Tara Pixley and Reading the Pictures publisher Michael Shaw will discuss a select group of photos by Black women photographers published by major media outlets during the civil rights protests in 2020. Pixley’s content analysis research, and the Reading the Pictures emphasis on the analysis of individual news photos will inform the discussion. We also welcome your questions and feedback in the Q&A.

Black female photographers bring a unique visual perspective to major news events. In this talk, Tara and Michael will take a close, fascinating and informative look at key images from 2020’s social justice protests.

Wednesday October 6

7:00PM EST

Online Event

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Presenter Bios

tara pixleyTara Pixley

Tara is a visual journalist and assistant professor of journalism at Loyola Marymount University. She holds an MFA in photography, a doctorate in communication, and her writing and photography have appeared in various publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Newsweek, ProPublica, HuffPost, Nieman Reports, ESPN Magazine, CanonPro, and The Black Scholar. She is a co-founder and board member of Authority Collective—an organization dedicated to diversifying perspectives in visual media. She is currently working on a book chronicling the move to decolonize the visual journalism industry.

Michael ShawMichael Shaw

Michael Shaw is a clinical psychologist and publisher of Reading the Pictures, the visual and media literacy nonprofit dedicated to the daily analysis of news images. He also writes and lectures on visual politics and photojournalism. He is a regular contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and his work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Salon, Quartz, and American Photo.

Presenting Organization

The nonprofit media and visual literacy site, Reading the Pictures, is the only organization dedicated to the daily analysis of news photos and cultural images. Launched in 2004, Reading the Pictures is closely followed by the news and photo media, the photojournalism community, university journalism, photojournalism, visual studies/communication programs, and visually concerned citizens.