Anthony Karen

The Hanging Tree
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

After years of documenting organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan and various elements of the white nationalist movement, I wanted to broaden the scope of my work. In 2015 I started investigating murders that took place at the hands of rogue Ku Klux Klan members during the civil rights era. After two months of utilizing the Freedom of Information Act, reading hundreds of pages of FBI documents and cross-referencing locations with Google Earth, I compiled a list of 13 crime scenes that I felt compelled to visit (some crimes occurred outside of the civil rights era).  

My journey took two weeks, across hundreds of miles in the deep south. After spending so much time reading the intimate details of these crimes I felt deeply affected. This was especially true in Homochitto National Forest, where based on testimony in 1966, the body of Ben Chester White was discovered by a family who had gone on a picnic.

Through their testimony and cross matching geological references I was able to find the location where Mr. White’s body was thrown into Petty Creek. The most troubling aspect of this particular shot was that I wasn’t exactly sure which side of the creek his body laid. There would only be a ten-foot disparity if I chose the wrong side of the creek, but this project was all about being precise. I then noticed the remains of a poached deer that had been tossed into the creek. The irony that there was a body discarded here in 1966, and here I was nearly 50 years later, with another life discarded in the same location.

Looking back, my time in Natchez, Mississippi was not only haunting after all those hours of reading testimonies, but also walking those same footsteps was heavy on my soul.


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Ku Klux Klan - year end gathering

By Anthony Karen — Kentucky. November 18th, 2018. Ku Klux Klan year end gathering.

God's Country

By Anthony Karen — On September 3rd, 2016, I began documenting a group of skinheads that frequented a small town in rural..

Haitian Vodou

By Anthony Karen — Haitian Vodou 

Evolution of a supremacist

By Anthony Karen — The Evolution of a white supremacist

The Ku Klux Klan

By Anthony Karen — Beginning in 2005 as a novice photojournalist, I was granted access to a cross lighting ceremony with a Ku..

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged

By Anthony Karen / United States — In an age when the mantra of "tolerance" is invoked so often that it has evolved into a kind of secular 11th..
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