Anthony Karen

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Location: New York
Nationality: American
Biography: Anthony Karen is a freelance photojournalist; specializing in documentary and humanitarian projects with a background in the personal protection/security field, both domestic and international. His passion for photography began in Haiti, where he... read on
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The Ku Klux Klan
Credits: anthony karen
Date of Work: 12/31/69 - Ongoing
Updated: 08/16/17

Beginning in 2005 as a novice photojournalist, I was granted access to a cross lighting ceremony with a Ku Klux Klan group based in Arkansas. Since that time, documenting the Klan has become one of several long-term projects which I try to keep current.

I realize the story has been photographed many times before, including by well-known photojournalists, but I felt the majority of images hinged on sensationalism and focused primarily on the obvious – the robes and the cross lighting ceremony. It became my objective to capture the most interesting and basic elements, ones that would be the most challenging and difficult for most photojournalists to follow.

The states represented in my Visura edit are - Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia (with over 15 different groups being represented). I have a vast collection spanning over 12-years and have the ability to access pretty much any organization as long as the project is unbiased and free of sensationalism. 

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