Photography

The March on Manhattan



Aria Isadora March on Manhattan

“Had people not been unemployed, restaurants not been closed, travel not been at a standstill and all available content consumed, I do not think the current movement in support of Black Lives would have gained the same momentum it currently has. This is a movement that has always been here, but it has finally managed to get everyone’s attention and start demanding and creating change. If I was not a photographer, I would still be marching; I would still be on the front lines. My ancestors were enslaved in this country, and this movement is something I have believed in my whole life.”

Photographer Aria Isadora tells Lux Mag the story of how she took this compelling shot of masked and besuited members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, chanting and marching over the Brooklyn Bridge during the Black Lives Matter march of June 4th.

The photograph is for sale as a limited edition print in two sizes from David Hill Gallery in London, with net income going to Isadora and Until Freedom, her nominated organisation. Read about it at SHOWstudio or contact David Hill Gallery* for details.

*Disclosure: I have a personal connection to the gallery

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Aria Isadora
NOTE: Most images are digitally enhanced. Some posts use affiliate links and PR samples. Please read my privacy and cookies policy here

CLICK HERE to get Disneyrollergirl blog posts straight to your inbox once a week
CLICK HERE to buy my book The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman



Capturing the black experience: Jamel Shabazz and Gordon Parks



Malcolm X by Gordon Parks

This week is all about taking time to think about the troubles in America and consider our individual parts in the Black Lives Matter narrative. For once there is no excuse not to do something. If you’re on Instagram you will have seen all the black square posts for #blackouttuesday designed to create a pause for us to think about how we can actively support anti-racism. Whether that’s donating to Black Lives Matter causes, reading up on the everyday racism experienced by black people, well, every day, or buying from black owned businesses, it all helps.

Culturally, two important sources of information for me are Jamel Shabazz and Gordon Parks. (more…)