Downtown LA, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
June 3, 2020
Photographer Tommy Oliver is an award-winning producer and cinematographer in television and film. Best known for his 2020 documentary 40 Years a Prisoner on HBO, his docuseries Black Love (2017–2020) on OWN, and his feature film The Perfect Guy (2015), Oliver challenges audiences to question their assumptions about race, gender, and family. The film Kinyarwanda (2011), which Oliver co-produced, weaves together narratives of resilience during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. It won the Sundance Film Festival’s award for World Cinema Drama and was recognized as one of the top 10 films of 2011. This photograph is part of a broader portfolio of images taken during Black Lives Matter rallies in Los Angeles between May 31 and June 14, 2020.
A digital, black-and-white image of Kendrick Sampson speaking at a Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles protest against District Attorney Jackie Lacey in Downtown Los Angeles, California. The image was taken by Tommy Oliver during the protests that followed the death of George Floyd. Sampson, centered, is shown from the chest up and turned slightly towards the left edge of the image. He is speaking into a microphone in his proper right hand. His proper left hand is raised above his head and he is pointing with his index finger. He is wearing a black, sleeveless T-shirt with centered, partially visible, white text over the chest that reads [BLD]. He also has a black face mask with white piping around the edges pulled down and resting on the top of his collarbone. Behind Sampson is another protester with their arm raised and holding up a flier depicting a photograph of a man’s face. In the background are other protesters, blurred protest signs, and leafy trees.