Daniella Zalcman is a photojournalist and multiple Pulitzer Center grantee who could have been satisfied with great news assignments from some of today’s top newspapers and magazines—but she has chosen instead to unite her talent with purpose and passion, focusing her photographic efforts on exploring the effects of colonization on native peoples and expanding opportunities for female photographers with her website (announced last month), Women Photograph.
500px: March 8 is International Women’s Day. You have created a website, Women Photograph, devoted to women. Why was it important to you to create this database focused on female photographers?
Daniella Zalcman: There’s a major diversity problem in the photojournalism world right now. (Probably across most subgenres of photography, but I’m intimately familiar with the documentary photography world so I’ll speak to that.) That’s a huge problem. Photojournalists are responsible for how we see the rest of the world—it’s how we access imagery of people we may never meet and places we may never visit. If we want to document those people and places with nuance and sensitivity, we need to be doing it as a diverse community of storytellers.
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