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Photo library featuring people of colour in off stage roles

Tiata Fahodzi and The Stage have launched a photo library featuring people of colour in technical theatre roles, in a bid to improve the diversity of pictures used to depict backstage theatre workers. The project was launched in response to the lack of people of colour represented in stock images that had been available to illustrate news stories and features about technical theatre.

The photo library has more than 200 images. It is free to use and features stock images covering a range of roles, including backstage, wardrobe and design. The initial stock photos available in the library were taken at Watford Palace Theatre by photographer Alex Brenner.

It is intended that the archive will become a resource for the entire theatre sector, with other companies encouraged to add their own representative stock images to the collection under a Creative Commons licence, which will allow publications and theatre to reproduce the photos freely.

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