BIO

I am a visual journalist, strategic storytelling consultant and professor based in Los Angeles, with an MFA in Photography, a PhD in Communication and nearly two decades of experience as a media producer and editor for editorial, nonprofit and commercial organizations.  As a first-generation American born in Miami (b. 1983) and raised in Atlanta by my Jamaican mother, I care deeply about the visual rhetorics of immigration, Blackness, African diaspora, and the Global South. 

Though I photograph a multitude of subjects for my clients and commissions, my personal photographic and scholarly work rethinks visual representations of gender, race, class, and sexuality in image-making. 

My documentary film work has screened internationally and my award-winning writing on media has been published widely in magazines, academic journals and news media trade journals. I was a 2016 Visiting Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism of Harvard University, researching inequities in the photojournalism industry. 

I'm on the National Press Photographers Foundation Board and am a co-Founder and Board Member of Authority Collective, an organization dedicated to building community and opportunity for womyn/nonbinary photographers of color. 

I am an alum of the Mountain Workshops; Women Photograph Workshop; New York Times Institute; Chips Quinn Fellowship and the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Institute. 

For more information on my work, assignment inquiries and other opportunities, or to just say hello, feel free to get in touch. While I can work on any topic in any environment, I especially love to tell visual stories about people of color, LGBTQIA+ community, dance in its many forms, Black joy, and to make portraits of all kinds for your news outlet, organization, non-profit or NGO.

For information on my consulting services to help your organization, film set or newsroom tell compelling visual stories for diverse audiences equitably and inclusively, click here.

tara@tarapixley.com  |  770-331-9107 

SELECT CLIENTS

Wall Street Journal, NPR, Newsweek, ESPN Magazine, HuffPost, New York Times, CNN.com, Los Angeles Magazine, Photoshelter, ProPublica, Sunday Mirror, International Herald Tribune, Creative Loafing, GA Tech Magazine, USC Magazine, Scholastic, Wells Fargo, US Bank, Nike, Cushman & Wakefield, MilkLife, Scoutmob, Foot Locker, Bloomsbury Publishing


THOUGHT LEADERSHIP 

2021 Buzzfeed News Creative Industry Leaders Predictions for 2021

2020 Elle Magazine Topic Expert: TikTok Activism

2020 Photo Ethics Centre: On Critical Media Production

2020 NPPA/ASMP Panelist: "The Movement: Photographs of the Racial Justice Protests for Black Lives"

2020 Palm Springs Photo Fest: APA Presents Diversity & Inclusion

2020 Reynolds Journalism Institute Panelist: Photographing Vulnerable Populations in Public Spaces

2020 Intl. Center of Photography Panelist: Documenting History: Protest Ethics & the Photograph

2020 NPR Topic Expert: Larger Conversation: If And When To Share Videos Of Violence

2020 DigitalPhotoPro: How Photojournalists Are Documenting The George Floyd Protests

2020 Photoshelter Topic Expert: No, Photojournalist’s aren’t arguing for blurring photos

2020 Poynter Institute Topic Expert: Photographing Protestors Faces

2020 SXSW Panelist: "The Future of Visual Journalism is Decolonized"

2019 Photoville Panel Moderator: “ReVisioning Queer and Trans People of Color in Photography.

2018 CanonPro Topic Expert: Field of View On Why Photojournalism Needs More Diversity

2019 Critical Race + Digital Studies Panel Moderator:“(Re)Defining Technologies: A Roundtable on Interventions & Resistance.” 

2018 Photo+ Expo Panelist:“Decolonizing American Photography,”

2018 Bloomberg Businessweek Topic Expert: "Why Photography Can't Get Woke"

2018 Month of Photography LA Panel Moderator: “Inclusivity Now” 

2017 Photoville Panelist: “Reclaiming Photography,” 


MEDIA COVERAGE 

NPR, 2020

Wall Street Journal, 2020

POV Magazine, 2020

Catchlight, 2020

News Photographer Magazine, 2020

APhotoEditor, Daily Edit, 2020

Culturetype, 2020

Vision Slightly Blurred Podcast, Photoshelter, 2019

Rangefinder Magazine, 2019

Photoshelter Blog, April 2019

New York Times LENS Blog, 2019

Art of Doing Podcast, Hatchtribe, 2018 

Re-Picture, 2018

Canon Pro Europe, 2018

New York Times LENS Blog, 2017

PDNPulse, 2017

AWARDS + ACCOLADES

2020 Southern California Journalism Awards: News Photo Essay, Portrait Photo, & Magazine Commentary

2019 World Press Photo Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative Grant

2018 UC Presidents Dissertation Fellowship

2017 FOLIO Ozzie Award, Best B2B Single Article, NYC

2017 Fellow, Center for Humanities, UC San Diego

2017 UCSD Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Grant

2017 UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program

2017 UCSD Campus Climate Enhancement Grant

2016 Knight Visiting Fellow, Nieman Journalism Foundation, Harvard University

2016 Best Film Prize: Porn Star Quotidian, Thinking Gender Conference

2015 Excellence in Diversity Advocacy Award, UC San Diego

2015 Challenge America Grant, National Endowment for the Arts

2011 Off the Edge|Public Festival Artist Grant

2011 Best Photo Dept, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Creative Loafing Atlanta

2007 Chips Quinn Scholar


EXHIBITIONS

"Parallax" Photoville NYC, Joint, Sept. 2019

"Parallax" Instagram Headquarters, Joint, NYC, July- Dec. 2019

LGBTQ+ Heroes, San Diego History Center, San Diego, Joint, June 2018

"Women in Light" LUXE Gallery, SanDiego, Joint, Feb. 2016

"Dames" Liberty Station Art Walk, San Diego, Solo, Nov. 2013

"CreativesRising" SEE Gallery, NewYork City, Joint, Oct. 2013

"Dames"  Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Solo, June 2011

Edge/Public, Rialto Center for the Arts, Solo, Atlanta, Jan. 2011

"Dream of a Common Language" Arnall Golden Gregory Gallery, Atlanta, Joint, Jan. 2011

"Facets" Gallery 221, Atlanta, Joint, Oct-Dec. 2010

"A Life Beyond Your Own" RAW Space, Atlanta, Joint, May 2010


CURATION

"Entitlements" National Center for Civil & Human Rights, Oct.-Dec. 2020

"The Pieces We Are" SixFeetPhoto, 2020

 “Parallax Photoville NYC, New York City, 2019

“Parallax” Annenberg Space for Photography, Photoville LA, Los Angeles, 2019

 “Sweetgrass & Sunlight” (Guest Photo Editor) Confluence Magazine, 2019

 Lit List Exhibit, Photoville NYC, New York City, 2018

 "On All the Time" Outside The Lens, San Diego, 2013


JUDGING + REVIEWING

2020 International Photography Awards

2020-2021 National Press Photographers Foundation Scholarships

2020 University Film & Video Association

2019 Candor Arts Residency

2019-2020 Intl. Women’s Media Fund Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards

2019 The Fence

2018 Nikon+ Women Photograph Grant


EDUCATION

Ph.D. Communication, University of California San Diego, 2018

   M.A. Arts Administration, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2013

M.F.A. Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2011

B.S. Philosophy and Journalism, Florida A&M University, 2005


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