Street Flash is a photography zine that showcases photographs of New York City protests throughout 2019. The theme for the first issue of Street Flash is climate activism, and features the Youth Climate Strikes. The Street Flash photo zine project was born during the COVID-19 lockdown. COVID-19 and climate change are both crises that affect the whole world, but only one crisis gets attention. The Street Flash photo zine is Brown’s attempt to illustrate the coexistence of two global emergencies that impact the most vulnerable, while highlighting images of protesters demanding transformative, system-wide change. The purpose of Street Flash is to inspire people to act meaningfully in any possible capacity. A world under threat has no need for collective navel-gazing. Emergencies demand swift action.
Drew Brown is a 22-year-old, Bronx-based photo-activist whose work features social gatherings from protests. Brown’s earlier works reveal the beauty of The Bronx as a form of resistance to perceptions of poverty and blight that has maligned his hometown for decades. Continuing the theme of resistance, his New York Resists photo project is a chronicle of political demonstrations throughout New York City. Street Flash, the photo-activist’s first published photo zine, transforms select images of the New York Resists project into printed form. Brown is a visual storyteller with a focus on photography and activism whose work captures moments of collective resistance.