Last fall, Getty Images and Verizon Media awarded $40,000 in grants to five emerging photographers, as part of a first-ever Disability-Focused Creative Bursary. The grants provide much-needed financial support to talent worldwide as they seek to tell authentic stories of the disability community, combating stereotypes and challenging assumptions at the same time.
Today, their work takes on new dimensions as people with disabilities are uniquely vulnerable during disasters like the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll explore the impact on this community, and share our perspectives on the importance of content and media which accurately reflects us all, particularly during times of crisis.
We invite you to join us as we explore the work of our recipients and catch up with our first place winner Nolan Ryan Trowe. After a spinal injury, Nolan enrolled at NYU and began documenting the lives of a close-knit community of people with disabilities and their families. He will speak with Verizon’s Zack Bastian about his life, the importance of authentic representation and the power of direct support for diverse voices.