Brooklyn-based photographer Andrew Hallinan has been attending Black Lives Matter protests for a year. As he started to bring his camera on marches, he began to capture the police in striking rave-like flash photographs, blending fine art and social action.
Hallinan photographs the New York Police Department the way raves or punk musicians are often shot: stark, queasy, vibrant portraits that get close and stay close. This is no accident: Hallinan has gone from street photography, to managing the studio of a major photographer, to music venue photography, and back to street photography — this time for a project titled 1312.
1312 documents the NYPD, starting last summer and into the present day, as they appear at Black Lives Matter marches: often in great numbers, heavily armed, and leading mass arrests.
Hallinan’s 1312 photographs showcase police officers hiding their badge ID numbers under “thin blue lines” to avoid