White Pride by Anthony Karen
Photography: Anthony Karen
Afterward by Ben Cosgrove
White Pride provides the viewer with unprecedented access into two of America’s most notorious extremist communities, the Ku Klux Klan and disparate groups of white nationalists. Anthony Karen’s camera captures not only rare video of a Ku Klux Klan cross lighting ceremony but takes the viewer from public demonstrations to secret meetings and into the homes and lives of his subjects.
White Pride includes an afterword about Karen’s photography by Ben Cosgrove, editor at Life.com, and an interview with the photographer in which he talks about how he gained access to these private communities.
Though they share an ideology of white separatism, the Ku Klux Klan and white nationalists are separated by history, tradition and culture. Karen’s work spans the spectrum of white separatism in America, reminding us of its long history, enduring presence and variety of forms in our society.
From Karen’s interview: ”The ‘dark side of society’ is something very few outsiders have access to, which makes it the perfect place for a visual storyteller to be. The appeal of exploring that realm is a combination of several factors: it’s about the interaction necessary in order to be allowed into a very personal space, the trust that needs to be established in order to be granted the opportunity to bear witness to someone in, potentially, their most vulnerable moment, and the skill and artistry involved in capturing all of that intangible essence with a click of a button.”