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Don’t Back Down! unites 40+ photographers to raise funds for BLM

From Jamel Shabazz to Danielle Levitt, Don’t Back Down is raising money for US-based charities which support the Black Lives Matter movement

Launched yesterday, Don’t Back Down! brings together more than 40 notable photographers who are selling prints to raise money for three US charities; Equal Justice Initiative, Inner City Arts and The Okra Project.

Photographers include Jamel Shabazz and Danielle Levitt, with Don’t Back Down! collaborating with Contact Photo Lab, a Black-owned photography lab in Downtown LA, to produce the $150 prints.

“We want to show the power that artists/photographs have as a collective force,” write the organisers in a press release. “During these times we know it can e tough to see where our power as artists lay in making a difference and where we hold the most influence, so we thought creating a collective site to sell prints to raise money was the perfect solution.”

Don’t Back Down! joins a growing list of fundraisers coming together to sell prints and raise funds to charities around the world, including the Anti-Racism Photography Fundraiser – which is donating its profits to Black British charities – as well as See In Black – which ended its first sale today and is donating proceeds to five key charities in the US.

While most fundraisers have launched for a limited amount of time, Don’t Back Down plans to continue to sell prints throughout the year, featuring a changing roster of artists.

“The goal is to continue to sell prints, find new photographers, and choose different organisations to donate to multiples time a year.”