The Sexual Harassment issue seems to be getting a lot of attention and heading into constructive directions following Aryit Das's outing of Manik Katyal last week.
A number of organisations have already made their position clear in one way or another (including Schilt Publishing, Delhi Photography Festival and Kassel Photobook Festival).
World Press Photo have also added a statement this week to further convey the seriousness with which they take the issue and the recognition that there is a photographic community that is concerned about this problem (just as there photographic communities, magazines and publishers that are genuinely not concerned about it or even recognise it as a problem).
“We work hard to be a creative, independent organization, and the core values that help secure our integrity are:
We strive for equality and diversity. We do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, gender, race or ethnic origin, religion, or sexual orientation. We oppose discrimination and harassment in our community.”
It's a small step but a good one that starts to strengthen the message. Given the range of World Press Photo programmes and workshops, I get the feeling that WPP will be extending this statement to involve photographic festivals, workshops and educational instutions. That would be something. We'll see.