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Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge

December 1, 2016
contest: Reportage Photography VIPA 2016
€ 6000
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Jonathan Bachman Male
United States

Protestor Ieshia Evans is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. Jonathan Bachman

On July 9, 2016 a group of demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police officers, gathered on a road in front of the Baton Rouge police headquarters. A mix of Louisiana law enforcement officers clad in full riot gear responded, herding most of the demonstrators off of the road and into an adjacent park. I began photographing the face to face confrontations between the police and the demonstrators when I heard someone say something like “don’t stand there.” I turned and looked over my right shoulder and saw this woman standing in the road. I knew right away what was about to happen. She was making her stand and the police were going to arrest her. I quickly moved closer and took the shot.

Whatever the photographic merits of the image may be, I am most proud that it sparked an international conversation about police brutality and race relations in America. I believe that when there is conversation, no matter what side you are on, progress is being made and we begin to better understand one another. And to me, the ability to stimulate dialogue is one of the hallmarks of great photography.

Categories: Photography VIPA 2016

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