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SXSW 2021

Documenting the Black Lives Matter Protests

The death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis sparked national outrage and a movement around the world. Mass demonstrations and marches against systemic racism and racial inequalities became more prevalent among communities and people in the millions took to the streets to galvanize for societal change. As history was being made with the world under lockdown, photojournalists were on the ground to bear witness, quickly shifting from a news agenda focused on the pandemic to document the protests. This session explores the first-hand experiences of photojournalists as they documented Black Lives Matter protests in communities worldwide.

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  1. The critical role of photojournalism in documenting history
  2. How photographers navigate the challenges of capturing mass movements
  3. Looking after the mental health and safety of photographers


  • Carlos Barria, Senior Photographer, Reuters
  • Brandon Bell, Photojournalist, Reuters
  • Leah Millis, Senior Photographer, Reuters


Erica Ascher, Communications Coordinator, Reuters

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  • Tags: Media & Journalism
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: A New Urgency
  • Level: Intermediate
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