Photograph by
Oliver, Tommy, American, born 1984
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Unidentified Man or Men
Floyd, George Perry Jr., American, 1973 - 2020
University of Southern California, founded 1880
June 6, 2020
H x W: 4480 pixels × 6720 pixels (4480 × 6720 cm)
172.3 MB
A digital, black-and-white image of two unidentified female protesters participating in a Black Lives Matter protest in Century City, California. The image was taken by Tommy Oliver during the protests that followed the death of George Floyd. The two women are standing at the front of a large group of protesters, holding protest signs in front of their torsos. Both women are depicted from the waists up, with their bodies turned slightly towards the left edge of the photograph. The woman on the left is holding a white sign with dark handwritten text that reads [I AM NOT BLACK / BUT I SEE Y[OU?] / I AM NOT BLACK / BUT / HEA[R YOU?] / I AM NOT BLACK / BUT I WILL STAND W/ [YOU?]]. She is wearing a black face mask over her nose and mouth, a black tank top, dark aviator-style sunglasses, and a black baseball-style cap with a white [adidas] logo on the front of the crown. Her hands are cradling the bottom edge of her sign. The woman on the right is holding a white protest sign with black handwritten text that reads [Black lives Matter / Black BODiES Matter / Black CHIL- / DREN / MATTER / Black love MAT- / TERS / Black ART MATTERS / Black Dreams MATTE[R/] / [Bla]ck Future [MATTER?]]. She is wearing a black face mask over her nose and mouth, a long sleeve jean shirts with rolled up sleeves, dark aviator-style sunglasses; and a dark baseball-style cap with white outline text on the front of the crown that reads [USC]. Her hands are wrapped around the front bottom corners of her sign. The women are surrounded by other protesters, many of whom are wearing face masks, or other types of protective face coverings, and carrying protest signs.
Place captured
Century City, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
Media Arts-Photography
Black Lives Matter
digital images
digital media - born digital
Police brutality
Race relations
U.S. History, 2001-
Urban life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Tommy and Codie Oliver
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Tommy Oliver
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