City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

Use the slideshow to view Furmansky's photographs. If viewing on a computer, clicking the image will open the slideshow in a shadow box gallery.

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City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
City Hall. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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Discovery Green. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
Discovery Green. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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Discovery Green. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
Discovery Green. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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Discovery Green. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
Discovery Green. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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Discovery Green. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
Discovery Green. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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Downtown fencing. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
Downtown fencing. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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Houston's NAACP branch in the Third Ward. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
Houston's NAACP branch in the Third Ward. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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Houston's NAACP branch in the Third Ward. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
Houston's NAACP branch in the Third Ward. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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Houston's NAACP branch in the Third Ward. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
Houston's NAACP branch in the Third Ward. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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Westheimer/Galleria area. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
Westheimer/Galleria area. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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Westheimer/Galleria area. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
Westheimer/Galleria area. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

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Westheimer/Galleria area. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.
Westheimer/Galleria area. Photo by Leonid Furmansky.

May 25 marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. A year ago today, June 2, over 60,000 people gathered downtown to honor Floyd and to protest ongoing violence against Black people.

Spaces of protest in Houston are one subject of an essay by Zoe Middleton and Libby Viera-Bland in Cite 102. The George Floyd protest and “earlier protests and spatial disputes throughout the city further demonstrate the fraught relationship between Black bodies and civic space in Houston,” they write. In their text, they recount prior incidents and speak to activists like Jaison Oliver about spaces of inclusion and exclusion in Houston.

These images by Leonid Furmansky document the places discussed by the authors: City Hall, Discovery Green, the NAACP in the Third Ward, and the Galleria.

These sites are still where organized activities can occur. Last month, protesters gathered downtown and in the Galleria area to show support for Palestine.

Cite 102 arrives soon! If you’re not already an RDA member, receive your copy by becoming an RDA member or purchasing an issue on our website. —Jack Murphy

Leonid Furmansky is a Texas-based photographer. He is driven to document structures that represent the way we live. Leonid's work has been published in the New York Times, Divisare, Texas Architect, Dwell, and ArchDaily. Leonid spends his free time documenting rural and overcrowded cities all while experimenting with film photography.

 

 

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