The image above was initially taken by Charles Moore who was involved in taking historic images of the Civil Rights Movement. Andy Warhol, who was an American artist and filmmaker, saw an image in a magazine and changed it by flipping and cropping it as well as adding color, claiming it to be his form of art. The published art is a photograph of the Birmingham race riots during the Civil Rights Movement that was led by African American leaders at a campaign. The image shows an unarmed black man being attacked by a police dog surrounded by white law enforcement officers, illustrating police violence.
This image is also significant because of how the campaign put an end to racial discrimination in Birmingham in 1964. When individuals first view the art piece, they think it seems to have a message about police brutality and shows the struggles of the Black community and the Civil Rights movement. The controversial argument behind the art is how the artist, Andy Warhol, is white, representing Black oppression and not using it as a political statement, but only using the image because it caught his interest. Furthermore, Warhol was intrigued by the mass media violence and how popular it had become.