The issue of diversity in photojournalism has been much-discussed this year – not only in the stories we choose to cover, but also the photographers that are shooting them. Why is our industry so dominated by male and white photographers? How does the lack of diversity behind the camera affect the stories we put in front of it? And on a practical level, what can photographers do to start addressing these problems?
For our October PhotoForum, we've put together a panel to answer some of these questions. We'll be joined by photographers Anna Gordon, Suzanne Plunkett and Chin We for a discussion chaired by Helen Healy, Head of Pictures at the Financial Times.
As always, PhotoForum is completely free and open to all. Doors open at 7:00PM for a prompt 7:30 start. We expect this talk to be a busy one, so come along early to make sure you get a seat.
Anna Gordon learned her trade as a photographer working for a group of local newspapers in North London, where she covered stories from the street preaching of Abu Hamza, to Tottenham football club, to the theft of a knitted Jesus.
She spent a year in Central and South America shooting images for the Andes Press Agency. For the last 16 years she has worked as a freelance photojournalist in London, where her regular clients include the Financial Times, The BBC, and The Guardian.
She had documented asylum seekers staying illegally in the UK for Amnesty International and recently produced a photo essay for The Guardian going behind the scenes at the Antiques Roadshow.
Suzanne Plunkett is an award-winning American photojournalist who has worked as a staff photographer for the Associated Press in New York where she covered the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 and then and the chief photographer for the AP in Jakarta where she covered the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Based in London since 2006, she has worked as a senior staff photographer for Bloomberg News in London and a staff photographer for Reuters. Currently, she shoots for The New York Times, the RHS, Chatham House and leads the London chapter of Women Photograph which works to elevate the voices of women + non-binary visual storytellers.
Chin We is an award-winning artist, photographer and curator. She was born in Manchester and spent her formative years in Nsukka, Eastern Nigeria, and London. She is fascinated by portraiture, capturing people’s essence, and visual storytelling. Her work explores themes of identity, culture, representation, heritage and the African diaspora. Her photography also champions, empowers and celebrates contemporary African culture and African identity.
She is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, was featured by CNN as one of the leading African women photographers to follow, and was nominated for the RPS 100 Heroines exhibition. She also won an honourable mention in the People-Portrait category in the International Photography Awards 2018.