Photo Essay: #BlackLivesMatter

Anna Min and Tina Cho are the dynamic duo that is behind Min Enterprises Photography LLC, a Minneapolis-based event photography company.

As a business owned and run by two queer women of color, we have strong ties to our communities and the people in them. We also know the reality of the economics of marginalized communities; we can’t always afford the means to tell our truths in mainstream media.

This is why we work so hard to show up, so we provide high-quality photojournalism coverage of community events. We share the story from the community’s perspective; a story of strength, reclaiming cultural identity, sorrow, joy, and dignity.

We share with you images from three different events in the Twin Cities: #BlackLivesMatter-Million Artists Movement March, #BlackXMas at Mall of America, and #ReclaimMLK March to the Capitol. We chose these images because each of them shares a moment that you wouldn’t have seen through mainstream media outlets.

It’s easy to frame the police as “brutal overlords” and action participants as “menacing protestors”; that’s almost all we see from large media companies. We want to show you what we saw from the ground: families, dancing, communion, presence.

~ Anna and Tina

Million March MN-Million Artist Movement by Anna Min of Min Enterprises Photography LLC
The first die-in during a reading of the names of black people killed by police. Million March MN-Million Artist Movement by Anna Min of Min Enterprises Photography LLC
The whole crowd joined hands together.