24 Powerful Images From One Photographer's "Don't Shoot" Photo Campaign

"As a black man in America, it is reasonable to believe I can be shot by law enforcement for brandishing a black camera, which can be mistaken for a gun."

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Antoine Wallace, a 24-year-old from Jamaica, Queens, started this photo project at the National Moment of Silence in solidarity with Michael Brown and Ferguson, Mo., last Thursday.

Courtesy Antoine Wallace

"We live in an age where information is more accessible than it has ever been. I would not have known in great detail the happenings of Ferguson had it not been for the efforts of Twitter and Instagram users who would didn't let the injustice go unnoticed," Wallace told BuzzFeed.

"My lineage as an photographer and a black male living in America stems from the belief that the freedom of speech should still be an inalienable right. The irony behind me asking people to wear a sign that says 'don't shoot' lies not in the fact that I 'shoot' them with a camera, it lies in the fact that as a black man in America it is reasonable to believe I can be shot by law enforcement for brandishing a black camera, which can be mistaken for a gun."

Here are 24 photos from Wallace's series: