Black Lives Matter
At this fraught and emotional moment, thousands are on the streets demonstrating, organizing, and standing up for Black life in the US and around the world.
We cannot be silent.
Aperture stands with the Black community and we assert that Black Lives Matter.
We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other Black people, who were loved and cherished, and whose lives were brutally taken away. We honor them and we honor their families.
We reject racism, injustice, and violence.
We condemn the abuse of power.
We believe that art can be a force for change and inspiration.
We champion photography as an expression that elevates truth and empowers artists.
We are proud to publish and collaborate with Black artists, authors, scholars, editors, and creatives.
We affirm our commitment to building a diverse and inclusive platform.
But—we can do better.
And, if we believe in equality and inclusion, we know that our words—our values—must be met with actions.
Recognizing both the urgency of the moment, and that the work of anti-racism is a long-term commitment, we have compiled some resources below. We hope you will consider donating your time, energy, or funds to the following causes and organizations doing important work in this space.
We hope you’ll stay with us as we continue to seek meaningful and productive ways of responding to what’s happening around us every day.
We hope we can envision a better world together.
Where to Donate
- Authority Collective: Resources for Photographers and Beyond on Anti-Racism
- Decolonizing Documentary & Journalism
- Black Photographers Covering Protests 2020
Informational and Support Resources
- CUE Art Foundation: Resource List to Support Black Lives
- BEAM: Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
- Anti-Racist Resources
Aperture Readings and Resources
- Vision & Justice: A Civic Curriculum, Free Download
- George Floyd, Gordon Parks, and the Ominous Power of Photographs
From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, can images help fight injustice?
- Why Photo Editors Need To Hire Black Photographers Every Day
And not just during a crisis.
- Vision & Justice: Sarah Lewis’s Guest Editor’s Note
No matter the topic—beauty, family, politics, power—the quest for a legacy of photographic representation of African Americans has been about vision and justice.
- Truth and Reconciliation: Bryan Stevenson and Sarah Lewis in Conversation
What does it mean to confront the history of racial violence in the United States?
- What If Black Lives Truly Mattered?
Dawoud Bey pays tribute to a community’s resilience
- Kwame Brathwaite’s Photographs of the Black is Beautiful Movement
In the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite’s fashion photographs sent a riveting message about Black culture and freedom.
- How Do Portraits Keep Families of Incarcerated Individuals Together?
Drawing from her family’s experience, Nicole R. Fleetwood considers prison photographs as objects of love and belonging.
- From Selma to Flint, the Unfinished Work of the Civil Rights Movement
LaToya Ruby Frazier in conversation with Kellie Jones