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
• Resources to Support Protests and Communities Against Police Violence
• Art for Social Justice Fund
For more info and resources please click here.