Color Balance

Photography has danced with imperialism, racism, and sexism since it’s invention. Even color film held inherent biases against darker skin tones up until the 1990s. Nevertheless, there is no shortage of photographs depicting people of color  — but few have been made by us, to tell our stories from our perspectives.


Photography’s power is derived from the camera’s ability to closely mirror the world as the artist sees it. For that reason, representation matters behind the lens most of all. The work featured Color Balance was created by female-identifying photographers of color who are taking ownership of internal and external narratives through the meaningful act of imagemaking.

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Subversion

Self-portraiture by Sama Alshaibi, Melissa Chu, Vivian Fu, Sarah Maple, Hayley Shasteen, Agnieszka Sosnowska, Stacey Tyrell, and Emily Wiethorn