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"American Protest": Mel D. Cole's photographs of the BLM protests

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Mel D. Cole is a New York City-based photojournalist who has specialized in music and sports figures, but changed his focus in 2020-21 to images of protest. (photo/cover credits: Mel D. Cole/Grafiche Damiani)

Tom's guest is the acclaimed photographer, Mel D. Cole. Celebrated for his compelling images of music and soccer celebrities, his new book of photographs marks a dramatic change of focus. It's titled “American Protest: Photographs 2020–2021.” It features stunning scenes from the Black Lives Matter protests that erupted across the country following the May 25, 2020 police killing of George Floyd.

Also published on his website are photo and video essays about events in New York City and Richmond, Virginia, as well as powerful images Cole captured of the insurrectionist assault on the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

Mel D. Cole joins us on Zoom from New York City.

Below is a gallery of six photos by Mel D. Cole.

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