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Banner photographer Don West captures Black life

Don West is a seasoned photo journalist and consummate professional. His career began as a freelance photographer for United Press International and the Bay State Banner, for which he has been a critical contributor since the 1960s.

Don’s images have always captured the spirit and character of the people, places and events that he covers. A dedicated newsman to the core, he likes to be where the action is — whether it be across the United States, in Latin America, Africa, China, Europe or the Middle East.

New England’s oldest and largest minority-owned news organization, the Bay State Banner considers Don one of its most valued treasures.

Here is just a sampling of Don West’s photographic work that has appeared in the Banner over the years.

Nelson Mandela PHOTO: Don West
Embrace Boston PHOTO: Don West
PHOTO: DON WEST
Mel King PHOTO: Don West
Harry Belafonte PHOTO: Don West
Angela Davis PHOTO: Don West
Queen Latifa PHOTO: DON WEST
Former state Sen. Bill Owens (left). PHOTO: DON WEST
2023 Boston Marathon winner Hellen Obiri PHOTO: DON WEST
Maura Healey and Ayanna Pressley PHOTO: DON WEST
Keith and Angela Motley PHOTO: DON WEST
Desmond Tutu PHOTO: Don West