Picturing different bodies

This is an interesting blog post I read a while back. The author, Tami talks about the way non-white bodies are portrayed. Her issue was with the photograph that appeared in the New York Times of a Haitian woman giving birth after the earthquake. While I don’t have an issue with this particular photograph, I think that it’s important to think about how different people are represented, especially as an artist. She poses the question of whether there would have been the same image of a white woman in the New York Times.

As an artist I would need to ask myself a similar question. Are there ways that I would illustrate a Person of Color, but never consider when illustrating a white person and vice versa? How does an artist properly represent different groups (and not just different races/ethnicities) without using stereotypes? How does an artist do this while still communicating that this is a specific community?


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