Participating in the Movement to Abolish Racism
Watching the class of 2020 graduation into the Black Lives Matter revolution has inspired me in ways I was not expecting. It hs been uplifting and heartwarming to see the inclusion of youths of all colors and genders participating. This is the movement in the set: The new crew. The young people bringing it to the street to abolish racism are carrying that torch and flame.
I started shooting protests in Los Angeles in 2008. It was a natural evolution from filming and photographing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles. You can’t film poverty without filming systemic, institutionalized racism. It’s the same thing.
Luigi Ventura was raised in Los Angeles by immigrant parents from Latin America. At seventeen, I was drawn to photography and inspired by photographers such as Cartier-Bresson, Josef Koudelka, Robert Capa, Graciela Iturbide, Richard Avedon and filmmakers Andrei Tarkovsky, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Stanley Kubrick. After I figured out filmmaking and photography was my calling, I took to the streets to venture as much time as possible outdoors, capturing images through the lens of a first generation American.