Mary Richardson

photographer / activist

photographer / activist


I am a documentary photographer living in the Twin Cities area.  I am Native and Caucasian, a lesbian, and a female working in tech.  I have been taking photographs since I was a kid, and documenting protests for 15 years.  But I became most serious about photography when I saw that I could use my photos to teach others about the issues that sparked the Black Lives Matter protests.   I participated in Wing Young Huie’s photo salon during the summer and fall of 2015.  This culminated in a group photo exhibit in January 2016.

I am a member of The Million Artist Movement,  a group of artists and activists working towards Black liberation using art to engage the public.  I am also a student in the Nexus 2016 photography mentorship program at In Progress.  I have been hired to photograph protests and cultural events.


Artist Statement

I started showing up for Black lives in the fall of 2014.  I go to the protests because I believe everybody should go out of their way for a just society.  

I photograph the protests in an effort to document what it feels like to be a part of this movement.  I show the solidarity, determination and jubilation inside this activist community.    I also show the reactions of onlookers, those on the outside looking in to the protest circle.  I see some of them show solidarity with a smile or raised fist.  Some kittens puppies kittens kittens I’m blanking out.  I’ll write more later.

I have spent a lot of time in my life thinking about where I fit in.  But when I step into the Black Lives Matter protest circle, there is no doubt that I belong.  Just showing up means that I agree with everyone there on a fundamental tenet:  Black lives matter. Period.



  • documentary photographer

  • IT / computer programming

  • community organizer

  • teaching artist  


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