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Statement from APA

APA Statement, Path Forward, Resources

Thu 04th Jun, 2020

By APA Admin in Insight


Black Lives Matter. American Photographic Artists (APA) stands in solidarity in the fight against racism and injustice.  We support the outrage felt by our community, and we acknowledge that we can be doing more. We have taken the step of creating a National Diversity Committee, and we apologize for not doing it sooner. Our commitment to diversify our leadership at the local chapter level is ongoing- if you are interested in being a board member or have suggestions for how we can improve our commitment to diversity, we want to hear from you. 


We know that there are inherent risks in photographing demonstrations. We encourage you to prioritize your safety and the safety of those you are photographing. We have compiled a list of resources for photographers covering protests and we encourage you to read through these before you go out to document: 

•    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

•    DiversifyPhoto Commercial or editorial photographers that identify as a nonwestern or person of color

•    Resources to Support Protests and Communities Against Police Violence

•    Art for Social Justice Fund 

Previously Recorded Webinars and Podcasts



APA OPEN TALK, with Guests Steven John Irby, Jessica Foley

APA SF SET EVENT  The Black Lens Today 

Matthew Jordan Smith Why it's Hard to Discuss Racism

Adweek: A State of Revolt
ASMP: From 1968 – 2020 America at a Crossroads 
AdAge: BET President on Media’s Role to Effect Social Change
ADWEEK: Yeah, That's Probably an Ad. The Creative 100 Class of 2020
                  Two Rising Star Black creative share how they're coping and forging ahead

Industry Articles

Adweek: 600 Black Advertising Professional Demand Meaningful Action From Leadership in Open Letter

Adweek: 30 agencies are Releasing Diversity Data 

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