Documenting A Reckoning: The Murder of George Floyd

Photography Exhibit

March 17 through June 8, 2022
Mill City Museum in Minneapolis

Protesters at 38th & Chicago stand atop a bus stop shelter on May 26, 2020. Photo: Brian Johnson

The death of George Floyd at the knee of a police officer brought demonstrations and protests that swept the Twin Cities — and the world — at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It brought people to the streets who had never before protested, and inspired photojournalists and other photographers to create images with lasting impact. It motivated some to pick up a camera for the first time. While the story is not over, this time period in particular had a profound effect on the region. This exhibit brings 54 of those images together to help create a broader sense of the influence of these events on our lives.

Presented by the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, this exhibit at the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis examines that long year in the Twin Cities from May 25, 2020, to the culmination of the Chauvin trial with a guilty verdict on April 20, 2021, as documented by professional, community and student photographers as diverse as our community. The goal is to highlight the people and events that changed the region and showcase some of the powerful images created during that time.

“It was a sad, heartbreaking, crazy, hopeful year after George Floyd was murdered, and the photos that were taken throughout the year mirror that,” said Regina McCombs, Hubbard School Senior Fellow and exhibition judge and organizer. “It’s wonderful to give those images a chance to be seen again in a way that helps us all reflect on what has happened in our community.”

Brent Lewis, Nina Robinson, Regina McCombs

Three jurors reviewed the more than 500 photos submitted by 81 photographers and narrowed it down to 54 for display. Along with McCombs, the jurors were Brent Lewis, photo editor at The New York Times and co-founder of Diversify Photo, and Nina Robinson, an award-winning documentary photographer and educator based in Minneapolis. In addition, nine student images were selected for display.

Documenting a Reckoning will be on display at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis through June 8. 

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