Hello Humans! Meet my friend @dzalcman. On the surface she is just another photo journalist. Except she's not. She's telling the stories of people who haven't had the opportunity to tell their own.
Daniella works closely with the Pulitzer centre on Crisis Reporting to fund her work focusing on legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America, to the weird, cultural appropriation of indigenous culture by schools still using some sort of "chiefs, braves, redskins, etc." as their school mascot.
She's almost always working on her ongoing project Signs of Your Identity (@signsofyouridentity), a haunting, beautiful portrayal of the intergenerational trauma that our indigenous population continue to face. What does that look like? It looks a little less glamorous than you'd think, she travels around the world, sleeping on couches, in motels, and in her car eating terrible gas station dinners (which you can usually find on her instagram stories) connecting with people, allowing herself to be a safe place for them to share their history, their beauty, their pain and then showing it back to us in a way that we can relate too.
As if her amazing work showing us the spirit of a vulnerable population wasn't enough, (seriously her images will change your world) Daniella is also the founder of the super amazing, and necessary @womenphotograph -- an initiative she started to elevate the voices of female and non binary visual journalists. Her hope is to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that the industry's chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent.
See more of Daniella's work at dan.iella.net [selection by @epicdanger] #standingrock #indigenous #settlerallies #signsofyouridentity