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A Black Minneapolis Artist Brings Hidden Communities to Light

Bobby Rogers’s art finds beauty and creativity in unseen communities, from black Muslims to Minneapolis gang members to faces of police brutality protesters.
Bobby Rogers's photo of a July 2016 protest in Minneapolis against the shooting of Philando Castile by a police officer. Castile was killed just northeast of Minneapolis in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
Bobby Rogers's photo of a July 2016 protest in Minneapolis against the shooting of Philando Castile by a police officer. Castile was killed just northeast of Minneapolis in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.Bobby Rogers

MINNEAPOLIS—Three years ago on a hot summer day, Philando Castile was shot and killed by police officer Jeronimo Yanez in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb near Minneapolis. Bobby Rogers had recently graduated from art school and was turning from drawing to photography. As the two cities erupted in protests, Rogers documented the turmoil and anger with his camera.

“After Philando was killed by Officer Yanez, I understood that my individual perspective, not anyone else’s, is how I should tell the story of my people, with my people, for my people, and to my people,” Rogers says.