56 BLACK MEN
The mission of 56 Black Men is to put black men at the forefront of conversations surrounding black men. The aim is also to dramatically reduce the negative portrayal of black men throughout various forms of mainstream media.
After a sky report detailed that 56 black people were killed in London in 2018, Cephas identified that the visual image in the media often attached to the statistics were images of black men and that other ethnicities and genders were not spotlighted as much for heinous crimes. The issue he found was that there was a lack of representation around the majority of black men who may ‘fit the bill’ but are not living up to the widely spread negative perception of black men.
Portrait photograph by Cephas Williams