A Transmedia portrait. ‘Gun salute’ Unknown student
Toronto G20. Queens Park 2010

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Q. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?

A. SIMPLY A WRITE A SHORT PROTEST POEM THAT FITS THE PHOTOGRAPH ABOVE & UPLOAD TO FORUM.

CAN BE FACTUAL/FICTIONAL – NO AGE LIMIT – 100% FREE – PRINT GOES TO BEST OUT OF 10


4 BOOKS GO OUT TO THE NEXT BEST WHEN WE GET TO 100





the small print

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Thinking about issues behind this photograph, I started this forum as place where people involved in student protest around the world can share poems/stories/links.
The forum will live on after my current project ‘a right to protest‘.
To get it started I’m giving away a high quality print.

One poem from the first 10 poems will be judged by Liberty Poet Tomasz Dybowski. Moderator of US Blog Daily Paul which has around 400,000 unique visitors each month.

The photograph is of a peaceful student protester I witnessed being taken down by riot police in a designated ‘Free Speech Zone’ Queen’s park, Toronto during G20. Riot police held up an assault rifle to my face to prevent me photographing the incident. As he was punched and kicked to the ground he managed to make a victory gesture before the police charged forward and all hell broke loose.
Back home in England, the current student protests in England over University tuition fees prompted me to create a forum where peaceful student protesters could use poetry and language to express themselves.

If I receive enough support I will contact Toronto Globe & Mail Newspaper with the Image and winning poem from the protest forum. I will ask them to print an advertisement and locate the unknown student. To whom i’ll give a print, and get his side of the story for the forum.

Here’s some images from my book taken just before & after the photograph was taken that may help get the creative juices going.


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small print over!


Winner receives a A3 297 × 420 mm print of the iconic image.
I have set the limited signed edition run of the photographs at 10. Price £250. Including a Free book.
[CONTACT ME] directly for enquires.

‘a right to protest’ booklet containing 40 photographs can also be purchased below.