History is full of iconic photographs.
No one can forget the image of American soldiers hoisting their national flag on the shores of Iwo Jima, Japan at the close of WWII. Or Marilyn Monroe clutching her skirt over a New York City subway grate. But now the world has a new image to add to the history books:
Black Lives Matter Protest, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Photo by Jonathan Bachman pic.twitter.com/F9k01wskCf
— American Dialogue (@AmericaDialogue) July 11, 2016
Pretty striking, isn’t it?
Taken by New Orleans-based photographer Jonathan Bachman, the shot depicts a Black Lives Matter protester being arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Standing in a flowing dress with a strong-yet-graceful demeanor, the woman appears perfectly calm as riot officers apprehend her. It’s not surprising that the image is getting a lot of attention on social media.
— Caroline R. Curran (@CarolineRCurran) July 11, 2016
There is nothing as powerful as the quiet dignity of a black woman.
Photo by Jonathan Bachman of the AP. pic.twitter.com/QSJ1QlJQxf
— Okang Ashiwel Ochui (@iamashiwel) July 10, 2016
— Bob De Jonge (@bobdejonge) July 10, 2016
The image is reminiscent of several other iconic photos. Similarities can be drawn with the shot of a man standing in front of a row of tanks following the massacre at Tiananmen Square, or the shot of Vietnam War protesters inserting flowers into the barrel of National Guardsmans’ guns. It’s that juxtaposition of the elegant, peaceful individual surrounded by barbed authority that seems to make these images so powerful.
We do hope Bachman is in for some kind of recognition this year though, because he snapped a second photo of the protest that many are also hailing as “iconic”:
— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) July 11, 2016
Sure is nice to be in Canada right about now, isn’t it?