This portrait of Nana was selected to be part of @diversifyphoto
“A New Gaze” exhibit at @pdnonline @photoplusexpo
in NYC from October 25 - 27 at the Javits center in NYC. Its a privilege to be included amongst such a talented group of photographers.
This exhibit aims to pluralize the narrative.
The history of photography has been written by heterosexual cisgender white men predominantly from the US and Europe. This male and colonial gaze has come to define the work we recognize as the default or proper view of the world. But what would our collective visual history — and thus, understanding of — the world look like if this singular gaze were replaced by a richer, more dynamic range of gazes.
We can’t look at an image and know the racial, ethnic, or gender identity of the photographer but that these factors influence everything from the rapport with photographic subjects, the access granted or not granted, the perspective from which one might chose to photograph someone else. The multiplicity of a photographers identity life experiences necessarily impacts their understanding of what is in front of their lens and guides how and what they see in ways conscious and not.
There can be advantages to an outsiders gaze at times but when our collective gaze has come for so long from a singular perspective, it is time for a new gaze. #pdn #portrait #diversity #myfeatureshoot