As Black History Month continues, Adorama brought Documentary Photographer and Curator Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, co-author of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, to moderate a panel with New York Times Staff Photojournalist Michelle Agins and Akili Ramsess, Executive Director of the National Press Photographers Association (both Pulitzer Prize winners) to discuss the history of black women in photojournalism.
Coming to you from Adorama, this great panel discussion examines not only Agins' and Ramsess' personal experiences, but the longitudinal and international history of black women in photojournalism. Agins first joined the New York Times in 1989 and has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations for her work covering the Bensonhust protests and for "Another America: Life on 129th Street." In 2001, she (along with her colleagues) won the Pulitzer Prize for “How Race is Lived in America.” Ramsess won two Pulitzer Prizes with her colleagues, first for their coverage of the 1992 presidential campaign and second for their work covering the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The panel discussion is a fascinating mix of both personal stories and a look at the history and development of the field as a whole and where it stands today. I definitely recommend taking an hour to sit down and watch it.