Photo Series Shows Black Mothers Acting Out The Reality Their Sons Might Be Facing

Photo Series Shows Black Mothers Acting Out The Reality Their Sons Might Be Facing

Artist Jon Henry started working on his photography series Stranger Fruit back in 2014. What began as a protest against senseless police killings of black people ended up being a lot of other things, too. Most notably, it's an introspective mirror that allows viewers to examine their own take on the subjective.


The people we see in the photos are real mothers, posing in their own environment with their actual sons, reenacting what it must feel like to lose them. The mothers are isolated. Alone. Empty. When the trials are over and the protesters have gone home, when the news cameras are gone and nobody is around anymore, the mother remains on the site forever. There's no peace of mind; the scene will always haunt her.


These mothers understand that this could happen to their family at any moment.


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#1 Untitled #44, Crenshaw Blvd, Ca


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#2 Untitled #5 Parkchester, NY


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#3 Untitled #35, North Minneapolis, Mn


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#4 Untitled #55 Little Rock, Ar


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#5 Untitled #33, Jersey City, Nj


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#6 Untitled #13 Groveland Park, Il


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#7 Untitled #42, Central Los Angeles, Ca


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#8 Untitled #11 Buffalo, NY


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#9 Untitled #29, North Miami, Fl


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#10 Untitled #19 Magnificent Mile, Il


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#11 “Untitled 48, Inglewood, Ca”


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#12 Stranger Fruit By Jon Henry


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#13 Untitled #9 Newburgh, NY


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#14 Untitled #3 Harlem, NY


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#15 Untitled #1 Co-Op City, NY


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#16 Untitled #25 Montgomery, Al


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#17 Untitled #17 South Side Chicago, Il


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#18 Jon Henry, “Untitled 39, Santa Monica, Ca”


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#19 Untitled 50, West Orange Nj


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#20 Untitled 53, North Little Rock, Ar


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#21 Untitled 51, New Orleans, La


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#22 Untitled 46, San Francisco, Ca


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#23 Stranger Fruit By Jon Henry


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#24 Untitled #24 Birmingham, Al


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#25 Untitled #31, Wynwood, Fl


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#26 Untitled #21, Berwyn, Il


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#27 “Untitled 45, Oakland, Ca”


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#28 Untitled 56, Houston Tx


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