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Photograph by:
Tommy Oliver, American, born 1984  Search this
Subject of:
Kendrick Sampson, American, born 1988  Search this
George Perry Floyd Jr., American, 1973 - 2020  Search this
BLD PWR, American, founded 2018  Search this
H x W: 6720 pixels × 4480 pixels
File size: 172.29 MB
digital images
digital media - born digital
Place captured:
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
June 6, 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 protest in Beverly Hills, California. The image was taken by Tommy Oliver during the protests that followed the death of George Floyd. The close-up of Sampson depicts him from the chest up, facing the viewer, and looking into the distance. He is speaking into a bullhorn with a handheld microphone. The bullhorn is resting in an upright position on his proper right shoulder and he is speaking into the attached microphone in his proper left hand. He is wearing a black skullcap and a black T-shirt with white text on the front that reads [BLD / PWR]. He also has a black face mask with white piping around the edges, pulled down and resting on the top of his collarbone. In the background is a light tone building and a leafy tree.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Tommy and Codie Oliver
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© Tommy Oliver
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National Museum of African American History and Culture