As you no doubt know, gun violence is a huge issue in America. According to Everytown Gun Safety, “51 women are shot to death by intimate partners in an act of domestic violence in an average month. Seven children and teens are killed daily with guns in the U.S.”
Everytown and Okayplayer, a website run by Questlove from The Roots, have teamed up for a photo campaign aiming to raise awareness around gun violence and put a stop to it. A statement on Okayplayer’s website reads, “Dear America, there is an issue that needs to be addressed in this country. An issue that cuts across race, class and region. At the root of it all is the easy access to guns that affects small towns and big cities, that touches us here in New York as much as Aurora, Colorado and has increased the mortality rate in places such as Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Baton Rouge.”
Shayan Asgharnia has photographed portraits of Willow Smith, Dev Hynes, Zoe Kravitz and Anderson .Paak, plus many more, all of whom lensed sensitively in black and white, holding an orange placard that reads “WE CAN END GUN VIOLENCE”. See shots from the Okayplayer Instagram below and see the rest of the campaign here.