Diversity and Inclusion

Thu 18th Feb, 2021

By APA Admin in Insight

American Photographic Artists (APA) stands in solidarity in the fight against racism and injustice. We are working to be a more socially just and inclusive organization. 

This Diversity Committee is charged with clearing a path to success for its members who are traditionally underrepresented or marginalized; BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color), Women, AAPI (Asian American & Pacific Islanders), LGBTQIA+ and those with physical challenges. 

APA Diversity Committee Chair: Martine Séverin - diversity@apanational.org

Please view the work from some of our Diversity Committee members.

The APA Diversity Committee meet-up at Palm Springs Photo Festival 

APA Statement againt Racism and Injustice March 2021

APA Statement against Racism and Injustice June 2020

Programming 2021

APA Scope - A monthly conversation on Diversity & Inclusion

January 2021 Focus on the BIPOC experience in the photo community. conversation Moderated by Martine Severin with guests Cassandra Plavoukos and Christopher Malcolm. ​

February 2021 Focus on the LGBTQIA community. Moderated by Ken Clickenger and Edwin Vargas with panelists Ash Danielsen, Mariya Stangl, Nowen Cifuentes, Akshit Bhardwaj.

March 2021 Focus on Asian inclusion in the photo industry with Photographer, Carmen Chan, Netflix Campaign Manager, Alex Kang, Photo Producer, Caroline Yi, Art Director Mike Nguyen and moderated by photographers, Diana King and Jessica Foley.

April 2021 - Focus on decolonizing and reimagining the photo industry. Moderated by Josué Rivas with guests Cinthya Santos-Briones, Cara Romero, and Oved Valadez.

May 2021 - Peer to Peer mentorship moderated by Oriana Koren with guests Rebecca Aranda and Danielle A. Scruggs.

June 2021 - Focus on groups elevating female-identifying professionals in the photography business. Moderated by Traci Terrick with panelists Keren Sachs and Polly Irungu.

A few of the APA conversations you can watch: 

APA Diversity + Inclusion - symposium at PSPF
Meet individuals from the grassroots organizations working towards dismantling harmful practices in the visual journalism and editorial media industry. 

APA Reflection and Action with Darnell Scott - A compelling conversation with Darnell Scott, Visual Brand Manager at Apostrophe and Martine Séverin, APA Chicago Board Member and Chair of the APA National Diversity Committee.

APA Reflection and Action Presented at Le Book Connections, Martine Séverin, APA Chicago Board Member and Chair of the APA National Diversity Committee interviews Tiffany Persons (David & Goliath), Oriel Davis (Spotify), Tahira White (19th & Park)

APA SF Virtual SET | The Black Lens Today - American Photographic Artists stands in solidarity in the fight against racism and injustice, and we are committed to doing the work to take steps toward equality. APA San Francisco has offered our monthly SET platform to Bay Area Black photographers to tell their stories and voice their perspectives.

APA SD An evening with Jason Lee

APA SD An evening with Bruce Talamon

Open Talk with Samantha Isom

Here Perspective - Balancing Motherhood and Photography

Recommended Reading from Authority Collective

Links to diverse photo groups:

Authority Collective

Women Photograph

Diversify Photo

Everyday Projects

Photo Bill of Rights

Indigenous Photograph

Color Positive

Black Women Photographers


APA DC: 30 Minutes With Keyanna Bowen

Thu 09 Dec – Thu 09 Dec, 2021
11 am EST, 10 am CST, 8 am PST

Interior photography with Keyanna Bowen




Wed 17th Nov, 2021

Something Personal Premiere...

REGISTER NOW ! Join APA SF on Dec 9th as we reveal the Judges' 100 selections, and the Top Place...