I did “assign” an original project to our staff photographer, Terence Bordon, during this time. When all the Black Lives Matter protests were happening in Oakland, all this beautiful street art went up all over downtown. He went around and photographed it, and I was just thinking, Wouldn’t it be amazing to look at double-page spreads of all this work that was made in that moment in the next issue of The Reader?
DD: And you photographed it with a certain project in mind, or you just thought you should cover it?
AF: I rarely have specific outlets attached to the things I try. If I wait for things to come to me, we miss the moment. I just…I was looking at Instagram, seeing all the protests like everybody else. We just opened a big Downtown Oakland office right where the protests were happening. The office is closed right now, of course, but I thought, All of this art has just been made around our new office. This is historic, and I don't know how long this art is going to be up. Terence was super game to do it, too. We were inspired by what was happening, and I think it’s all super relevant to Square.
DD: If you were at a different kind of company, you probably would not think, We have to get out there and shoot this.
AF: I don’t know what it would be like if I was at a different kind of company. But I do know that Jack Dorsey encourages risk-taking, encourages innovation, and encourages independent thinking. I don’t have carte blanche to do whatever I want, by any means. But I think when and where I can be smart and strategic and really draw the dotted line between my ideas and ambitions and how they relate to Square, it’s at least worth the attempt.
Lead photo by Peter Bohler.