NPR article on racial biases in photography

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NPR article on racial biases in photography
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I just read an article on NPR that depicts what it sees as a historical racial bias in photography towards fair or White skinned people.

Light and Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain in Photography

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/16/303721251/light-and-dark-the-racial-biases-that-remain-in-photography

The article cites the example of Kodak Eastman's model Shirley (who was White) to establish what was considered a "much more perfected color image." Now I'm a videographer (who does some photography when needed), but I can tell you that exposing for dark skin is matter of experience. Knowing what to look out for: keeping the subject out of direct light, white shirts, etcetera. Indeed, it can also be difficult to expose for fair skinned individuals under certain lighting conditions.

That said, I'm not a photographer by trade, and I wondered what your thoughts were on the subject?

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