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Photographer Vincent Chapters documents the Black Lives Matter marches in London 

Last weekend hundreds of people demonstrated on the streets of London against the killing of two black men, one in Minnesota and one in Louisiana in the US. The marches were held as a show of solidarity and many protesters chanted and carried placards that displayed their unity with the American victims of the police shootings. 

Sunday marked the third march of its kind and photographer Vincent Chapters documented protesters moving from the American Embassy in Westminster through the city to Hyde Park, Oxford Street, the West End and Victoria. “I went to the march because I enjoy capturing high energy crowds of people. Also the cause is right and I wanted to support the movement and help raise awareness, given all the oppression still going on today,” the photographer explains. 

The set of images are full of crowd shots that range from the powerful to the poignant and all have a sense of comradeship that’s palpable in both the black and white and colour photographs. As we see the protesters walking, sitting and marching through London, Vincent’s images capture the harmony of people coming together. “I wasn’t looking for anything in particular when I attended the march. When I got there, after an hour or two I was amazed by the passion and unity of all types of people in the crowd, especially from the youth – that was beautiful to be a part of.”

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Vincent Chapters: Black Lives Matter march, London

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Vincent Chapters: Black Lives Matter march, London

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Vincent Chapters: Black Lives Matter march, London