SVA Alumnus Collier Schorr Photographs Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 'Time'
April 29, 2019
by Danielle Peters
Whitewashing, sadly, is not yet a thing of the past when it comes to color photography. With a long history of bias against nonwhite skin tones, many photographs of people of color have been manipulated to appear lighter than they actually are. Noting this fact, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district, took the time to give a shout out to Time and SVA alumnus Collier Schorr (BFA 1985 Communication Arts) for getting her skin tone correct in Schorr's recent portraits of the politician, which appeared both on the cover of the magazine and in its recently issued 100 Most Influential People of 2019 list. "It's the little things that make a big difference," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Schorr is one of the most in-demand fashion and portrait photographers working today; in addition to numerous notable publications, her client list includes such companies as Louis Vuitton.
Also contributing photography to this year's Time 100 list: fellow SVA alumnus Ryan Pfluger (MFA 2007 Photography, Video, and Related Media), whose portrait of actor Rami Malek, winner of the 2019 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Freddie Mercury in the 2018 docudrama Bohemian Rhapsody, was chosen to run in the issue.