THE LIT LIST: 30 PHOTOGRAPHERS TO WATCH

The Lit List Jury

In the spirit of the Lit List’s mission, our jurors come from across the visual storytelling world and have demonstrated their commitment to equity as leaders in our industry. Our jury is comprised of womxn and people of color, and represents organizations and publications like Magnum Foundation, the New Yorker, Blvck Vrchives, WIRED and California Sunday Magazine.

Zora J Murff is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Arkansas. Zora received his MFA from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and holds a BFA in Psychology from Iowa State University. Combining his education in human services and art, Zora’s photography focuses on how images are used to reinforce social and cultural constructs. Zora is a member of the artist collective, Strange Fire.

Paloma Shutes is the Photo Editor at The California Sunday Magazine + Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she worked in the photo departments at Wired and GQ, where she commissioned photography recognized by the Society of Publication Designers and American Photography.

Noelle Flores Théard is a photographer, educator, and arts administrator. She is currently a Programs Associate at the Magnum Foundation, a nonprofit that expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography. She is a cofounder of FotoKonbit, a non-profit that teaches photography in Haiti in order to provide Haitians with training and opportunities to tell their own stories through photography.

Danielle Scruggs is a photographer, photo editor, and writer from Chicago, Illinois. She is currently based in Washington, D.C., where she works as a photo editor at both ESPN and the Southern Foodways Alliance. 

Jaya Nicely is a Los Angeles based art director, illustrator and designer. She currently works as the art director for an independent press and for the magazine she co-created, Compound Butter. Nicely's client list includes GQ, Vulture, The Ringer, Variety and The Los Angeles Public Library. 

Renata Charlise is a curator, researcher and visual historian. Her archival project, Blvck Vrchives, has evolved from a photo-based website of visual narratives, into a collaborative platform featuring archival histories and modern-day stories from across the African diaspora. Cherlise's mission is not only to counter mainstream narratives but to also document everyday life to preserve the spaces of future narratives. 

Hannah Kuo is the founder and owner of Lucky88, a photo agency representing emerging photographers.  Born in Taiwan, raised in Beijing, she is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York. She recently co-founded with producer Lisa Gonzalez a list of behind-camera and crew talent comprised of female, trans and GNC-folx and POC to support visibility and promotion in the industry. Kuo also works as a photo producer.

Sara Urbaez is the photo editor, platforms at WIRED, where she oversees photo usage across social media platforms and content creation on the WIRED photo vertical on Wired.com. Prior to WIRED, Urbaez was a photo editor at DEPARTURES magazine and has held photo-related positions at a variety of publications since graduating from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She works as a doula in her spare time and is mother and companion to a mini-dachshund named Luna.

Siobhán Bohnacker is a Senior Photo Editor at The New Yorker, where she commissions original photography for the magazine, ​art directs The New Yorker's award-winning short fiction section and curates on photography for newyorker.com

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Special Jury 

Our special jury, consisting of Andrea Wise and Brent Lewis of Diversify.Photo and Rozette Rago and Tara Pixley of Authority Collective, along with independent juror Yvonne Stender, reviewed all 200+ nominations we received. They were tasked with selecting 50 artists for our shortlist.

Andrea Wise is an independent creative strategist working with artists, media outlets, tech startups, production companies, and brands to develop and deploy impactful narrative visual storytelling experiences. Wise is a vocal advocate for inclusivity in the photography and journalism industries.

Brent Lewis is a photojournalist based in Washington D.C. Brent is co-founder of Diversify.Photo and currently a photo editor at the New York Times. His photos have been published by the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Associated Press, Forbes and Yahoo! News.

Rozette Rago is a Los Angeles based freelance photographer. She is currently associated photo editor at the New York Time's Wirecutter vertical.

Tara Pixley is an editorial/reportage photographer and media studies scholar based in San Diego, CA. Her personal photographic and scholarly work focuses on rethinking visual representations of gender, race and sexuality in documentary image-making.

Yvonne Stender was formerly the director of photography at Sunset magazine, where she covered food, travel, home, and gardening in the West. She's worked in publishing for over 20 years, including stints at New York Magazine, Elle, Vogue, Family Life, and Target, and holds a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. 

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