Kylie Cooper

Photographer
  
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Nationality: American
Biography: Kylie Cooper is a freelance photojournalist based in Philadelphia. She is drawn to photojournalism because of an innate curiosity to understand our world and the people in it — and to share what she finds with others. As a Chinese adoptee,... MORE
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Hands Up, Don't Shoot
Copyright Kylie Cooper 2023
Updated Mar 2022
Hands Up, Don’t Shoot
The Daily Pennsylvanian
Published June 8, 2020
A protester holds his hands behind his head in front of a line of police as demonstrators around him shout “Hands up, don’t shoot!” during a protest for George Floyd in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 1, 2020.
Many of the Black Lives Matter protest photos I’ve seen are of people holding signs, white allies, or depict violence. I think this photo is impactful because it uses pure emotion to show the heart of the movement: protecting innocent Black lives. The angle of the photo looks up on the subject in a way that gives him power, and his gaze is solemn and unflinching.

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