A Celebration of Black Women in Photojournalism

Diversify.Photo and The Photo Brigade present: A Celebration of Black Women in Photojournalism with Michelle Agins and Akili Ramsess moderated by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn.

Join us in person or online for a lively discussion with two Pulitzer Prize-winning trailblazers, The New York Times Staff Photojournalist Michelle Agins, and Akili Ramsess, Executive Director of the NPPA - National Press Photographers Association, as they discuss the rich history of black women in photojournalism from an intergenerational and international perspective.

The discussion, moderated by documentary photographer and curator, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, who co-edited the new book “MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora”, will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at 6:00pm at Adorama in NYC. Not in NYC? Join us live on The Photo Brigade's Facebook Live on on AdoramaTV on YouTube!

Michelle Agins joined The New York Times as a staff photographer in 1989 from The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer. Ms. Agins has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations, first in 1990 for her coverage of the Bensonhust protests and then again in 1995 for her work on the Times series “Another America: Life on 129th Street.” In 2001 Ms. Agins and her colleagues won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their series “How Race is Lived in America.”

Akili Ramsess is a multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning Photo Editor and the current Executive Director of National Press Photographers Association, the former Director of Photography of the Orlando Sentinel and the former Deputy Director of Photography at the San Jose Mercury News. She began her career as a freelance photographer in the Los Angeles area covering news, entertainment and sports for local newspapers, and wire services before landing a staff photographer position with the now defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner.

Diversify Photo is a initiative by Brent Lewis and Andrea Wise to elevate and support photographers of color through professional development and community building programming and by creating resources for Art Buyers, Creative Directors, and Photo Editors to expand their photography rosters.