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Nate Larson Documents the Civilian Wall at North Ave and Pennsylvania, April 28, 2015

Earlier today, I photographed the #Baltimore protests at North Avenue & Pennsylvania Avenue with my students from #MICAphoto. I was struck by the line of police blockading the street and made a portrait of each of the 27 officers comprising the human wall.

This evening, I went back, and there were 26 citizens forming a human wall, separating the crowd from the police, for their mutual protection. My heart was heavy all day but lifted at this spirit of self-sacrifice and generosity. I made a portrait of the 22 members that gave their permission.

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Citizen Protection Line from North to South, on North Avenue at Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, April 28, 2015

A Portrait of 22 Baltimore Citizens, as Positioned, North to South, 2015

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Nate Larson is a Baltimore-based photographer and a Photography Professor at MICA. See more of his work here.

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