The importance of photography around the Black Lives Matter movement

We’re proud to be stewards of a community that recognizes the importance of documenting the Black Lives Matter movement. We also want to acknowledge the risk on both sides of the camera –– for photographers, that’s navigating sometimes tense standoffs and for those being photographed, the risk of photos being taken out of context or worse.

To ensure that Flickr is actively a community where Black voices, experiences, and photos are welcome, we’re giving free Flickr PRO subscriptions to the following Flickr members who are doing the work already. Below are photos from the first group of recipients, documenting the front line of protests and those marching for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others tragically lost.

Minister Erik McGregor (New York City, NY)


Johnny Silvercloud (Washington, D.C.)

No Justice, No Peace

Grexsys (Austin, TX)

Rally Austin

George Talusan (Toronto, Canada)


Elif Altinbasak (Rochester, NY)


Paul Weaver (Harrisburg, PA)

George Floyd protest in Harrisburg, PA

Ken Fager (Washington, D.C.)

Madison BLM Protest

Sterling Scott (Los Angeles, CA)

BLM, Mayor's Mansion

Elvert Barnes (Baltimore, Maryland)


Risingthermals (Chicago, IL)


K.C. Tinari (Philadelphia, PA)

peace riots 5-30-21

Josh Sandlin (Atlanta, GA)


Mark Hedden (Key West, FL)


Lorie Shaull (Minneapolis, MN)

George Floyd mural outside Cup Foods at Chicago Ave and E 38th St in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Share your work with us

If you are actively photographing the Black Lives Matter movement and sharing on Flickr, we want to hear from you. Complete this form to be considered for a free one-year Flickr Pro subscription and to let us know about your work. We’ll continue sharing these photographs on our blog and our other social channels.

Resources for safely photographing protests

Stay safe out there and consider the safety of those around you and those in the photos you’re taking. Consider these resources: