Five Photographers Discuss Why Documenting the Black Lives Matter Protests is Important to Them


The Black Lives Matter motion is arguably one of the vital political and social actions in US historical past. The photographers on this video sit all the way down to share their ideas on why photographing the BLM motion is vital to them, personally, in addition to for posterity.

Coming from minority communities, every of those photographers are acutely conscious of the significance of listening to what’s being stated earlier than bringing the digicam as much as their respective eye. They are not passive observers taking strictly photojournalist photographs, they’re part of the protests. It is deeply private to them, and that comes throughout of their photographs. 

I discovered Tahiti Abdul’s perspective of individuals’s want/need of anonymity notably artistic and thoughtful. By fastidiously selecting to make use of black and white for photographing protests, not solely can she create impactful photographs, however as she states within the video, she will additionally selectively use distinction to assist conceal any potential figuring out options of her topics. Her use of colour for portraits then provides a softer layer to her physique of labor. In a approach, it helps to contextualize the protest images whereas additionally creating an total cohesive and intimate story.

Hyperlinks to the opposite photographers’ Instagram profiles:

Aaron Agyapong

Roger S. Echegoyen-Araujo

Duane Garay

Andy Jeronimo

Have you ever been photographing the protests or some other facet of the BLM motion? Tell us within the feedback.


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