Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's nonprofit organization, LeanIn.org, has partnered with Getty Images to “to create a line of stock photos that depict mature, professional businesswomen, rather than ones who appear dumb, subservient, sexualized, or sometimes all three at once.”
“One recent study found that only 3% of creative directors are women. In journalism, men continue to fill the majority of top editor roles — and this likely extends to photo editor roles as well. We’ve all seen Mad Men. This isn’t the 1950s, but the advertising industry is not exactly a model for gender equality. None of this is to say that men can’t accurately depict women in visual imagery, but if we’ve learned anything from the research, it’s that gender equality in every industry leads to better and more representative outcomes.”
"The new library of photos shows professional women as surgeons, painters, bakers, soldiers and hunters. There are girls riding skateboards, women lifting weights and fathers changing babies’ diapers.”
Head over to the Atlantic to see an awesome set of photos and a 15 minute documentary that look at how newsrooms worked in 1970.
The New York Times today published its Year in Pictures. Above, one image from each of its six categories.
Arab Spring: The body of Ahmed Farhan, 30, was cleansed before burial. Security forces in Sitra, Bahrain, killed the man on March 15; 5,000 people attended his funeral. — Andrea Bruce/New York Times.
Nature: A cloud of ash billowed from the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano in Chile. The June eruption, its first in decades, prompted the evacuation of 3,500 people. — Claudio Santana/Agence France-Presse
Nation (US): Julie Holzhauer stood among her family’s possessions after they were evicted from their home in Centennial, Colo., on Sept. 15 after falling behind on the rent. Her husband, John Holzhauer, a home building contractor, said he had lost up to 40 percent of his business because of the weak economy. — John Moore/Getty Images
Milestones: The space shuttle Atlantis touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 21, ending NASA’s 30-year shuttle program. — Sandra Joseph and Kevin O’Connell/NASA
Occupy Wall Street: Police officers led Brandon Watts out of Zuccotti Park in November after they said he threw a battery at officers and took a deputy inspector’s hat. His forehead was bloody after a scuffle with the police. — Change W. Lee
World: Residents looked on at the body of a man killed by gunfire in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Security forces loyal to the country’s incumbent leader, Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to cede power, fired volleys of gunshots in January, leaving at least four people dead after they cordoned off a section of a neighborhood known to be a stronghold of Mr. Gbagbo’s rival. — Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press
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If the camera on your phone shoots great photos, is it worth it to purchase an amateur digital camera? NPR ponders the question, providing images from new smart phones and affordable digital cameras, including the one above.
We wonder, for digital journalists, do you pack a camera when reporting? Or do you rely on your mobile phone to take pictures on the fly? Do you have a small digital camera that you love or a camera phone that you swear by?
Images: Mallory Benedict and Cristina Fletes /NPR