Jon Henry is an artist, born and raised in Queens NY.  He studied at CUNY Queens College.  Using photography, his practice focuses on 2 main elements.  First, the black family, his own and the community at large.  His work also, focuses on athletes and their representation in a fine art context.

See more of Jon's work at jonhenryphotography.com

Stranger Fruit was created in response to the senseless murders of black men across the nation by police violence. Even with smartphones and dash cams recording the actions, more lives get cut short due to unnecessary and excessive violence. Who is next? Me? My brother?  My friends? How do we protect these men? Lost in the furor of media coverage, lawsuits and protests is the plight of the mother. Who, regardless of the legal outcome, must carry on without her child. I set out to photograph mothers with their sons in their environment, reenacting what it must feel like to endure this pain. The mothers in the photographs have not lost their sons, but understand the reality, that this could happen to their family. The mother is also photographed in isolation, reflecting on the absence. When the trials are over, the protesters have gone home and the news cameras gone, it is the mother left. Left to mourn, to survive. The title of the project is a reference to the song “Strange Fruit.” Instead of black bodies hanging from the Poplar Tree, these fruits of our families, our communities, are being killed in the street.