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106 – Breaking Barriers: Building a Diverse Future for Photography

In the world of photography, every click of the shutter captures not just an image but a unique perspective, a story waiting to be told. Yet, the industry has often fallen short in amplifying voices from marginalized communities. Today, it’s crucial to explore how we can empower photographers from diverse backgrounds, ensuring a rich tapestry of narratives that reflect the true diversity of the human experience.

Historically, access to resources and opportunities in the photography world has been unevenly distributed. The quest for empowerment begins with breaking down these barriers. This involves creating inclusive educational programs, mentorship opportunities, and access to equipment, ensuring that aspiring talents have the tools they need to flourish.

In this episode of the podcast, I speak with photographer Walid Azami. We discuss empowering photographers from marginalized communities as not just a call for diversity; but as a commitment to justice, representation, and the celebration of the many stories that make up our world. By advocating for change, we can create an inclusive photography industry that truly captures the beauty and complexity of the human experience. The camera becomes a powerful tool not just for capturing moments but for rewriting the narrative of who gets to hold it and tell the stories that matter.

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About My Guest

photographer, director, and creative director Walid Azami

“I’m a photographer, director, and creative director. I’ve worked with people you may recognize like Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Ricky Martin, The NFL, Mary J Blige, Volkswagen, Target, HP Computers, and more…a lot more!

Usher as photographed by Walid Azami

I started my career by photographing weddings and family photos. I now oversee big productions, photograph for magazines, big brands, celebrities, and more. My biggest honor though goes to helping my peers do well!”

You can see Walid’s work and get more information at his website, or on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok.

What Will You Do to Make the Photo Industry More Inclusive?

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