Diversity, Representation, and Identity in Documentary Photography with Daniella Zalcman | Ep. 008


This week my guest is Daniella Zalcman, a documentary photographer based between London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, a National Geographic photographer, and the founder of Women Photograph, an initiative working to elevate the voices of female and non-binary visual journalists. Her ongoing project, Signs of Your Identity, is the recipient many awards including of the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize and a 2017 Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award. Daniella’s most recent project on Native American imagery and identity, which is featured in the December 2018 issue of National Geographic Magazine. In this conversation, Daniella and I talk about how and why she made a jump from hard news photography to longer-term documentary projects, how she uses unconventional techniques like double exposures to tell complex stories, and photography’s potential in elevating the voices of those who have been oppressed. 

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