Photographer John Henry reimagines the Pietà in moving photographs of black mothers and sons in his photo essay, “Stranger Fruit.”
From his website:
Stranger Fruit was created in response to the senseless murders of black men across the nation by police violence. Even with smart phones and dash cams recording the actions, more lives get cut short due to unnecessary and excessive violence.
Who is next? Me? My brother? My friends? How do we protect these men?
Lost in the furor of media coverage, lawsuits and protests is the plight of the mother. Who, regardless of the legal outcome, must carry on without her child.
We urge you to take some to reflect on this photographic series considering as you do the racial inequality in our country today.