Representation matters – OU and Alamy portrait collaboration

The OU is working to improve the authentic photographic representation of Black and Asian distance learning students.


We’ve collaborated with Alamy (a leading stock image library) and one of their contributing photographers, Inzajeano Latif, to produce authentic portraits of four OU students – Candace, Joe, Ali and Halima – in their unique study spaces. 

The portraits aim to inspire the development of an ongoing legacy collection of images by encouraging professional and amateur photographers to submit images to Alamy depicting Black and Asian people in distance learning situations.

“We found that too few relatable stock images portraying Black and South Asian students are available to purchase from image websites and we want to create a collection that would provide a legacy, open to all institutions and organisations to find more authentic images to use in their marketing materials,” commented Melissa Thermidor, Programme Director at The Open University

Find out more about this partnership and the students featured in the portrait images here.

If you’d like to be involved in our ongoing work to improve representation of Black and Asian students by sharing your story, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at ou-stories@open.ac.uk and we’ll be in touch. 


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