JD Barnes is a renowned fashion photographer whose work has been featured in outlets like Essence and Harper’s Bazaar (and spotlighted in Cassius' Young Icons feature). But in the spring and summer of 2020, with the rising unrest spawned by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, he trained his lens on Black Lives Matter protests throughout the nation.

Young Black Activists

2020 was a year marked by devastating loss for our people as police and state-sanctioned violence claimed the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and Daniel Prude, among others. Police violence forever changed of people like Jacob Blake. Young people like Ahmaud Arbery and Oluwatoyin Salau were killed in senseless violence that we have, unfortunately, come to know too well in our communities.