A statement by Then There Was Us – We are a small team, we are not the voice that should be heard. Instead we want to spend today pointing you to the voices that should be heard and to areas that will help support the ethics, standards and conduct of our industry as photographers, writers and journalists.
The whirlwind of events that have taken place over the last ten days have been some of the most prominent events seen in the past decade. With all fifty states in America protesting against police brutality and the murder of George Floyd, and a further eighteen countries across the world holding protests in solidarity; things need to change.
Earlier this week, social media feeds were taken over by a stream of posts that powerfully gestured the support of solidarity with protests against police brutality and black lives matter, with more than 28 million of these posts on Instagram alone, a number of companies and institutions came out to support this cause, but the question remains, what will continue into the future? How will these companies and places of business and community change? And how do we ensure that equality, diversity and responsibility are maintained? Much has been written about this, it’s important to understand the perspectives of those who you are not, to seek advice and to seek to educate and understand the needs of those you are not. This is our continued goal.
Then There Was Us was built with the aim of giving equal opportunities to all those involved, to help support the work of those who go unseen, to help show the hidden stories, or the untold truths of our modern societies. In this time We stand in solidarity with black communities and all those who, within this industry continue to go unheard. We stand in service of equality.
As many who read our publication will know, the question of ethics in photography but also publishing has been called into question these last few weeks, we have seen a number of publications, competitions and institutions fall short on their word to pursue equality, ethically, and responsibility. We use this platform to promote stories from across the world, to inspire and to stand up to those that make the world a harder place to live. We champion photography and writing as an expression that elevates truth and empowerment, but with this we know that transparency is needed and will continue to act with complete transparency and openness within all our projects, events and publications.
We are a small team, we are not the voice that should be heard. Instead we want to spend today pointing you to the voices that should be heard and to areas that will help support the ethics, standards and conduct of our industry as photographers, writers and journalists. These are the links that we have found that have helped to continue to educate us on the issues that face our industry and might start the need for change, please share these links with friends and co-workers. (The resources on this list have been collected over many different websites, people and other resource lists, all of which are listed below and sourced both within and outside of our inner circle of knowledge. We will try to continue to add to this list, if you have suggestions please get in touch.)
Authority Collective: ↗
Authority Collective’s Full Anti-Racism Resource List: ↗
Do No Harm: Photographing Police Brutality Protests: ↗
The Photographer’s Guide To Inclusive Photography: ↗
SPJ Code of Ethics: ↗
NPPA Code of Ethics: ↗
Getting Others Right: ↗
An Open Letter Against Sexual Harassment in the Photo Industry, PDN: ↗
Sexism in the Photo Industry, PDN: ↗
Ligaiya Romero’s Decolonizing Documentary and Journalism Reading: ↗
Passion and persistence drive Nikole Hannah-Jones, a newly minted MacArthur genius: ↗
Authority Collective Resource List: ↗
The Earth Issue Freedom Fundraiser: ↗
Women Photograph: ↗
Brown Girls Doc Mafia: ↗
Natives Photograph: ↗
Chinese Story Tellers: ↗
Brilliant Black-owned businesses to buy from in the UK ↗
African Photojournalism Database: ↗
75 things white people can do for racial injustice ↗
Writers Of Colour: ↗
Black Lives Matter – Ways You Can Help: ↗
Community Bail Funds: ↗
Black Visions Collective: ↗
Code Switch by NPR ↗
BEAM – Black Emotional And Mental Health: ↗
Ways to help ↗
Entry Level Activist ↗
Angela Davis on intersectional anti-racism ↗
“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates ↗
Anti-racism resources for white people ↗
Color Of Change ↗
The Color of Fear, directed by Lee Mun Wah ↗
Equal Justice Initiative ↗
We the Urban ↗
1619 by The New York Times ↗
Munroe Bergdorf ↗
Mona Chalabi ↗
George Floyd: How can I help from the UK? ↗
Asai Takeaway ↗
Inquest Org ↗
Lee Merrit (Civil Rights Lawyer) ↗
NO WHITE SAVIORS ↗
Layla F. Saad ↗
10 steps to non-optical allyship ↗
Rachel Elizabeth Cargle ↗
UK-based charities, organisations and platforms whose work aims to eradicate racial injustice ↗
Check Your Privilege ↗
Rachel Ricketts ↗
The Great Unlearn ↗
Reni Eddo-Lodge ↗
Transform Allyship into Action: A Toolkit for Non-Black People ↗
Ibram X. Kendi ↗
Advice for companies from Sheree Atcheson, Monzo’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion ↗
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