Ruddy Roye was just named TIME’s Instagram Photographer of 2016. The 20-year is a self-proclaimed humanist/activist, a “photographer with a conscience” with more than 263,000 followers. Roye uses photography to share the stories of black Americans, taking a stand against racism, hate crimes, and police brutality.
In an interview with TIME, Roye said he joined Instagram because he wanted to, “open my veins. I felt like I was hurting, and I wanted to talk about my hurt. So I started to look for stories that were my stories. It was easy to just sit down with somebody and talk about them being disenfranchised or being unable to feed their family. I found those stories to be real. They were my stories.” To read the full interview between TIME and Roye, click here!
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