MIRANDA BARNES, 23
The work that I am doing now is documenting communities around me and their culture. It is important because I think I have the utmost respect for the people that I am photographing, often marginalized communities, that when photographed, it's been exploitive or through the lens of a white person.
There are several ways that industry can support us, the obvious being financial and giving us assignments, of course. But I think it needs to be deeper than that: I want there to be a want to bring in new aspects
of photography, rather than just filling a diversity quota. I want the industry to want to change the status quo, rather than seeing this new direction happen and being reluctant to embrace it because it means change.
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