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Ep. 11 – Documentary Photography and Activism
This week's episode features Daniella Zalcman of Women Photograph
We’re back after a small break with a new episode featuring Daniella Zalcman. Daniella catches us up to speed on the ethical and responsible practices of documentary photography. We discuss how rage motivates her work, why she started Women Photograph, her new Catchlight grant, and what jobs pay documentary photographers well.
Daniella Zalcman is a Vietnamese-American documentary photographer based between New Orleans and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation, a National Geographic Society grantee, and the founder of Women Photograph, a non-profit working to elevate the voices of women and nonbinary visual journalists. She is currently a 2021 Catchlight Fellow.
Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of Indigenous children in North America. Her ongoing project, Signs of Your Identity, is the recipient of the Arnold Newman Prize, a Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award, the FotoEvidence Book Award, the Magnum Foundation's Inge Morath Award, and part of Open Society Foundation's Moving Walls 24.
Daniella regularly lectures at high schools and universities, and is available for assignments and speaking engagements internationally. She is a member of the board of trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the board of directors of the ACOS Alliance. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architecture in 2009.
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