American Photographic Artists (APA) stands in solidarity in the fight against racism and injustice. APA supports diversity and inclusivity and we believe there is strength in that diversity and inclusivity.
This week we have watched as thousands have participated in protests against police violence, racism, and discrimination. Members of our Board and our organization are among the protestors making their voices heard and fighting for positive change.
We appreciate, understand and support the outrage felt by so many. Black Lives Matter.
A PATH FORWARD
We recognize that as a society and within our industry, we must do more to foster the opportunities needed for real change to take place.
We are working to increase diversity among our leadership and organization.
Through webinars, articles, and events, we are amplifying the voices of organizations and individuals who represent the ideals we want to share. We are reaching out to you, our members and our photo community to consider what initiatives to take in expanding our outreach.
We are listening.
We are creating a National Diversity Advisory committee. If you would like help APA effect change, we invite you to join in the conversation.
We know that there are inherent risks in photographing demonstrations. There has also been much discussion as to the appropriate actions when posting, sharing, or selling photo of these protests. We are not dictating how you cover the events or what you do with the images. However, we would like you to consider the concerns around safety for you and for the other protestors.
We encourage you to follow these guidelines:
• Do No Harm: Photographing Police Brutality and Protests
• Guide to Ethically Covering Protests
• NPPA : How to stay safe while working on the street
• ACLU: Know your Rights When Photographing a Protest
• Wired: How to Safely Protest, What to Bring, What to Avoid, and What to do
• Authority Collective list of Resources for Photographers and Beyond on Anti-Racism
• Support Photographers of Color
• Resources to Support Protests and Communities Against Police Violence
• Art for Social Justice Fund
• Friday, June 5th 12pm EDT
Photoshelter Safety for Photojournalists Attending Protests: A Panel Discusssion with Akili Ramsess, Harlo Holmes and Frank Smyth
• Friday, June 5th 12pm ED
Adweek: A State of Revolt
• Friday, June 5 3PM EDT
ASMP: From 1968 – 2020 America at a Crossroads
• Watch AdAge: BET President on Media’s Role to Effect Social Change