- Gebundene Ausgabe: 112 Seiten
- Verlag: powerHouse Books; Auflage: First Edition (7. April 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1576874907
- ISBN-13: 978-1576874905
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21 x 1,7 x 31,1 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 398.115 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Invisible Empire: Ku Klux Klan (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 7. April 2009
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Anthony Karen is a photojournalist based in New York. His passion for photography began in Haiti, where he documented the various Vodou rituals and pilgrimages throughout the country before embarking on the Ku Klux Klan project. Karen served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for many years in the personal protection industry. He has traveled extensively worldwide and has worked with many humanitarian groups, including the Humane Society of the United States. He currently freelances for World Picture News.
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The photography to my untrained eye seemed well composed to draw out individuals and the mundanity of their activity. My sense from the book is that the contemporaneous Klan are marginalized, harmless loons of a kind that exist (must exist) as spandrels in free civil society. The book seems to differ, offering them as the historical artifacts of the previous Klan "ages", like the SCA or Westboro Baptist Church.
My great disappointment, though, is that I bought the book solely for one photo <i>and it wasn't in the book</i>. The shot of the Klansman shooting a cockroach, indoors, while his wife and daughter cowered is filled with amazing detail but indecipherable on the public web shots- certificates on the wall, toys cluttered on the ground, beer (imports?) bottles, and a noose tattoo. I'd trade the whole book for that one shot, it's one the coolest photos I've ever seen, but somehow the editors omitted it. I dropped 2 stars for that.
Karen's book is divided into sections on Gatherings; Protests and Demonstrations; a Cross Lighting Ceremony; Portraits of various Klan members male and female; the Knights Party/Thomas Robb Ministry; a Klan Wedding; the Imperial Klans of America; etc. The black-and-white images capture various activities - initiations, picnics, cross-burnings, Klan members having target practice, marches and protests, Klan members/skinheads acting up, etc.
While some might view the photographs in THE INVISIBLE EMPIRE, KU KLUX KLAN as frightening, they actually cut the other way. They depict what pollsters would term 'marginalized individuals.' Judging by Karen's stark images, something drained many of them of the milk of human kindness year's ago. In terms of being a force in America, Karen's images show that they're lucky to get a half-dozen members when they stage a demonstration. A cross-burning - or "cross-lighting" as Klan members would have it - draw a couple dozen. These people talk about "dispelling darkness and ignorance" but, for Pete's sake, they can't even spell the word "immigration" (i.e "Join the Fight to Stop Illegal Imagration)."
Since Americans are guaranteed the right to express themselves as they wish, the men and women found in THE INVISIBLE EMPIRE can do what they will. What is terribly saddening about Karen's book are the photographs of their children decked out in a Klan outfit and proudly posing with Pappa, giving a Heil Hitler salute and so on. The saddest image in the book is a shot of a Klan member holding his sleeping son. The pride and love are evident in the man's face. How terrible that such sweet, innocent minds will be twisted into those of hate-mongering nihilists
In short, THE INVISIBLE EMPIRE casts an unflinching - and ultimately unflattering - insider's portrait of those who follow the Klan. It should be required reading for anyone interested in - or worried about - the fringe groups that exist in American society. Recommended.