Fine Art Photography Daily

Lenscratch Library | Race


Art on My Mind: Visual Politics | bell hooks

Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples | Linda Tuhiwai Smith

How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness | Darby English

Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity | Edited by Maurice O. Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith

Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present | Deborah Willis

The Photographer’s Guide to Inclusive Photography | Photoshelter and Authority Collective

The Other | Ryszard Kapuściński

Vision & Justice | Aperture, Guest Editor: Sarah Lewis



Beyond Empathy | Sonya Childress, Firelight Media

Black Media Matters: Remembering The Bombing of Osage Avenue (1987) | Karen Redrobe, Film Quarterly

Cameras Won’t Stop Police From Killing: Body Cams Have Turned Brutality into Spectacle | Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times

Fuck Photojournalism | Clary Estes, Medium

George Floyd, Gordon Parks, and the Ominous Power of Photographs | Deborah Willis, Aperture

Getting Others Right | Teju Cole, The New York Times

How Alexandra Bell Is Disrupting Racism in Journalism | Doreen St. Félix

How Do I (Not) Look? Live Feed Video and Viral Black Death | Alexandra Juhasz, JSTOR Daily

How Kodak’s Shirley Card Set Photography’s Standard for Skin Tone | Mandalit Del Barco, NPR

Navigating The River: The Hidden Colonialism of Documentary | Edwin Martinez, International Doc Association

Please Stop Showing the Video of George Floyd’s Death | Melanye Price, The New York Times

Power and Perspective in Storytelling: How To Support Each Other, Authentically Represent Characters, and Dismantle The White Power Structure | Lauretta Prevost, Filmmaker Magazine

The Time is Always Now | Ben Sloat, Aperture

True Picture Of Black Skin | Teju Cole, The New York Times

Viral Black Death: Why We Must Watch Citizen Videos of Police Violence |  Kimberly Fain, JSTOR Daily

Ways of Seeing: Images and Politics of ‘Hale County’ | Lauren Wissot, International Doc Association

What Does Seeing Black Men Die Do For You | Jamil Smith, The New Republic

When the Camera Was a Weapon of Imperialism. (And When It Still Is.) | Teju Cole, The New York Times

Whose Story?: Five Doc-Makers on (Avoiding) Extractive Filmmaking | Lauren Wissot, International Doc Association

Why Aren’t There Any Famous Asian American Photographers? | Will Matsuda, Aperture

Why It’s Time For Visual Journalism To Include A Solutions Focus | David Campbell, World Press Photo

Why Photography Can’t Get Woke | Claire Suddath, Bloomberg Businessweek



Black Is … Black Ain’t | Marlon Riggs

Still Black: A Portrait of Black Trans Men | Kortney Ryan Ziegler


For antiracism resources that expand beyond the scope of art and photography, visit the links below to find resource guides and reading lists compiled by some of the organizations dedicated to the fight for racial equality. There is a wealth of knowledge within these lists; each book, essay, and film represents a voice that has something to teach us. We would like to thank these organizations for the important work they’re doing.

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of any of these books, please consider supporting bookshops owned by people of color. Buzzfeed has provided a list of some of these businesses here.


An Antiracist Reading List | Ibram X. Kendi, The New York Times

Anti-Racism Resources | Compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein

Authority Collective


Black Lives Matter

Cafe con Libros

Californians for the Arts

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus | JSTOR

Racial Equity Tools

Reading List: Decolonizing Documentary & Journalism | Compiled by Ligaiya Romero

White Noise Collective



Code Switch | NPR

The 1619 Project | The New York Times

Seeing White | Scene On Radio 

If you have suggestions for other books, articles, films, etc. to add to the Lenscratch Library, please send them to