Photographer Interviews

On Documenting White Supremacy: Photojournalists Share Experience, Advice and Warnings

November 2, 2017

By David Walker

© Anthony Karen

Anthony Karen photographed target practice during a “Hated and Proud” weekend in Iowa. Showing the humanity of his subjects helps viewers “understand why these groups have chosen this particular path,” Karen says.

The demonstration by torch-wielding white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia focused media attention this summer on the re-emergence of the hate groups in the U.S. For photographers, the story presents challenging questions: How are they to get images beyond the sensational clichés—burning crosses, Nazi regalia, contorted faces spewing hate—to show nuance and increase understanding? And how can the story be told...

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