The Lit List is committed to recognizing and awarding the outstanding work of photographers who are womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary people of color, and otherwise marginalized artists.

Frustrated with the photo awards scene and determined to uplift our own, the Lit List, is a merit-based list of photographers of color in response to the consistent lack of recognition of marginalized artists. 

Nominations came from other photographers as well as photo editors, reps, and visual, art and creative directors. The jury consists of industry decision-makers of color and co-conspirators. Every jury member is hand selected by head curator, Oriana Koren, approved by the Authority Collective board, and must demonstrate, through their hiring practices, a commitment to inclusivity and parity for photographers of color and other marginalized image makers.

The Lit List proudly showcases the work of must-watch image-makers who are often under supported and under resourced by the industry.

About the Team

The Authority Collective is a group of womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people of color reclaiming their authority in the photography, film and VR/AR industries. Our mission is to empower marginalized artists with resources and community, and take action against systemic and individual abuses in the world of lens-based editorial, documentary and commercial visual work.

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Oriana Koren is the founder and head curator of the Lit List. They are a photo-ethnographer, writer and researcher based in Los Angeles, CA. Oriana's photographic practice centers the perspectives of formerly colonized people and communities, using anthropology methodologies and rigorous personal research. Oriana is a a founding member of the Authority Collective.

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