We are in the process of upgrading software and the SDN website will be temporarily unavailable for a few hours on Monday morning EST. Once the software is upgraded, this notice will no longer appear and the site will be back to normal. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Image 1 of 24

We Are the People

Kevin McKeon | New York/Washington DC, United States

A moment of unrestrained emotional release during a Black Lives Matter march through the streets of Brooklyn.

While many have documented the Black Lives Matter protest marches, and millions have seen dramatic images of the mass rallies, memorials to those killed, and the police violence against protesters, that broad stroke view is only a small representation of what actually took place and, as such, is a misrepresentation. We Are the People is not merely a “documentation” of the events, but seeks to tap into the deeply personal, very human side of what transpired in the streets of New York and elsewhere since the killing of George Floyd. Every movement is made up of thousands of individuals and individual moments. Marching with fellow protesters starting in June 2020 and continuing today, I witnessed anger and frustration, yes: but also moments of great joy, love and community. I saw heroism. And I saw beauty. This is what I hope to share with my images. Black Lives Matter is the movement, but these are the people.

I am relatively new to full-time photography, but as a longtime advertising creative director and writer, storytelling and the search for a deeper human truth have always been at the heart of what I love and do. This, I hope, is a fresher, truer story of what the Black Lives Matter experience is all about.

I’ve spent the past 10 months (and counting) marching with and photographing rallies and marches, mostly in New York. I began, like most photographers, enthralled by the massive crowds, the raised fists, the creative protest signs. But the more I became engaged, the more I was drawn in deeper - to the individuals involved, and to the incredible range of emotional expression on full display almost nightly. As the summer moved into fall, the social badge value of the marches began to fade, particularly among white supporters, and it was like the boiling down of a recipe – the smaller, more committed, increasingly Black marchers brought an even greater intensity to the moments I was privileged to witness. This is their story. 



Instagram @kevinmckeon


Content loading...

Make Comment/View Comments