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September 28, 2009

Our Man at the G20 (#1): Behind The Protest


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Over the coming week, BAGnewsNotes will be looking at last week’s G20 protests in a way, we believe, that defies conventional thinking.

Looking through the lens of photographer Jason Andrew, who was on the ground for us, we hope to raise some provocative issues about the perception and relevance of street demonstrations in 2009 America; the nature of the police/security response; and the value of the documentation by the media.

To begin our inquiry, we offer four girls on a roof doing a little drinking while hanging out on Friday night. In the foreground, we see shadows representing a bevy of photographers taking their picture. …So what made these girls an attraction to the photographers? And more specifically, what is it about the girls as subject matter to the other photographers that caught Jason’s attention?

In their nonchalance (which is strangely paired with the curious orientation of the photographers), the girls are watching demonstrators clashing with riot police and getting pepper sprayed.

(image: ©Jason Andrew/BAGnewsNotes. Pittsburgh, PA., September 25, 2009)

About the Photographer

Jason Andrew

Jason Andrew is an American photojournalist born in Alameda, CA. he graduated from San Diego State University in 2001 with a B.A. in History before teaching elementary school for a couple of years. In 2006, he moved to New York City to attend the International Center of Photography Documentary & Photojournalism program where he was the recipient of the Sandy Lugar Scholarship. In 2012 Jason was a finalist for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and won 1st Place in the PGB photo Awards for his project Football's Lost Boys, documenting the lives of abandoned African footballers living in Turkey. This work was also screened at Les Recontres D'Arles. Jason is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. See more of Jason's work for BagNews here.

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