Janaye Johnson - Minneapolis Minnesota - Quote About Donated Photo - This was one of the first nights of curfew and everyone that was there protesting headed home peacefully at 8pm. I caught this photo of C'Monie as she was leaving and asked to take her photo.
Memories of this day from C'Monie - When I took the picture, I didn’t realize how powerful that moment would be for not only myself but for the world! I was asked to pose right before I was leaving and in my head I thought “It’s just another picture”! Turns out, it was more than just “another picture”! This picture says 10,000 words in 1,000 different languages all at once without even saying anything at all!... If I was to choose one, “Hope” would be my word!
Bun B - Houston Texas - Quote About Donated Photo - This is a picture of a vigil held in George Floyd’s honor. The mural is painted by Donkeeboy, an artist in Houston. It’s on the side of the corner store in 3rd Ward that George grew up across the street from. Family and friends from 3rd Ward and the Cuney Homies projects put the vigil together.
P. Sheff - North Carolina - Quote About Donated Photo - In spite of the heaviness of the matter at hand, his smile couldn’t be broken and his spirit was vibrant. He only has one request, and that is to live. #BLM
Laura Sills- Brooklyn New York - Quote About Donated Photo - This march across the Brooklyn Bridge was right after I heard George Floyd’s brother Terrence speak in Brooklyn which was unbelievably powerful. After seeing the city empty for so many months it was so moving to see how many people showed up to show their support for both his family and for this movement.
When the crowd headed for the bridge I immediately pictured this shot and ran ahead of the group to get to where I wanted to be. I sat there alone for probably 15-20 minutes while they waited for the police to clear the bridge. The weight of the moment started to set in in a new way, and I really started to understand how historical this will be.
When I heard the crowd chanting and getting closer, I climbed up on the side of the bridge and started snapping. I noticed the birds out of the corner of my eye and waited for the right moment. I get a lot of “right place, right time” kind of photos but this one just felt different. I knew it was a special moment for so many other reasons
Donovan Carter - Philadelphia Pennsylvania - Quote About Donated Photo - “I can honestly say when I took that photo in general I just remember how much everything started to hit me in that moment and how I felt like it was important to document that whole day in general in philly. I’ve had my own problems being a black man and police in America. One of the issues I had with cops that really hurt the most was being stopped and frisked at the age of 12 and my father now having to explain to me what had happen and seeing the pain in his eyes.
After taking that photo, I literally took my self to the side, teared up a bit my self, knowing that it took another innocent man to be killed by police for this to happen. I just had to go along with shooting the peaceful side of the protest, along with the ugly riots that went along on that day.
Grady Brannan - San Francisco California
Louney - New York New York - Quote About Donated Photo - It was heated argument with the intro of “ACAB” and officer explaining his lineage of his father and his father before him and the protestor telling the officer how all of them were bastards.
Alexander Santos Lima - Rotterdam Netherlands
Lee Hedgepeth - New Orleans Louisiana - Police confront BLM protesters on New Orleans' Crescent City Connection as they try to cross the Mississippi River. Just minutes earlier, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the peaceful crowd.
Sebastien Nagy - Brussels Belgium - This it was taken during the peak of the demonstration in Brussels in front of the courthouse. Around 10,000 people were present to demonstrate peacefully. This afternoon was the only time that Brussels protested for BLM to date and it was allowed.
Shafik Kadi - Hollywood California
Momour Taha - Paris France - Quote About Donated Photo - The photo was taken on 6/02/2020. The BLM protest have been organized by Assa Traoré the sister of Adama Traoré who passed away 4 years ago in police custody in 2016. This protest have been forbidden by the reeve of Paris but took place anyway. After 2 or 3 hours there was more than 50,000 people in front of the Paris court. The police started to fire tear gas for no reason so the clash started and the peaceful protest went into a riot. About this photo - Some protesters started a fire under a road called boulevard Périphérique. This road is a ring road that circles the city of Paris and It's the boarder between Paris (usually upper class living inside Paris and lower class living in the suburbs) and the suburbs. I shot the photo on the Paris side going into the suburbs. We can see the protestors out from Paris like they are burning that symbolic separation between rich//poor, white//black and brown. Im calling the photo “Les Misérables”
Zaul Zamora - Los Angeles California - Quote About Donated Photo - This photo was taken at the YG Black Lives Matter Protest in Hollywood. I remember them asking everyone in the crowd to hold their fist up in a show of unity. I turned around and saw a thousands of people farther can I could see. I did my best to tip toe to capture as much of the crowd as possible. After seeing the footage of the protest, I couldn’t believe how far back the crowd went. I felt like I was witnessing history and knew how important our voices were.
Frederick McHenry -Sydney Australia - Leading up to the protest, my emotions were running high. I was angry , pained and felt quite revengeful for the oppression and suffering of black people in America and globally, by the hands of systemic racism and police brutality. I’ve personally never experienced harsh or discriminatory treatment from police while growing up America, but I’ve encountered it aboard. This is not just an American issue, it’s ideology that’s plagued people of color globally, especially people with darker skin. —- Feels like my generation and the youth are finally calling and demanding change. Seeing people from every race at these protest really inspired beyond words. In order to bring about equality it really takes support from everyone. This isn’t just about black lives, it’s a human rights issue that we will demand change, for the generations to come.
Danika Magdelena - London England - This photo was taking during the second protest in London for George Floyd & Belly Mujinga. It genuinely lifted my spirits witnessing and being part of the atmosphere- as well as seeing so many different ethnicities coming together to take a stand with black people.
Samantha Milligan - Osaka Japan - I was part of the team who organized the first BLM @BLMKANSAI march in Osaka. This photo was taken on the day of the march. I’m friends with Taro (Featured in photo) so when I saw the guys with their skateboards I knew I had to take a photo of them. The turn out was incredible and it was overwhelming to see so many people come together supporting this movement in the city I now call my home.
Dennis Branko - Amsterdam Netherlands