Photographer Anthony Karen cozied up with the KKK for a series of startling and often-times sad photos of the terrorist group in their homes, at rallies, and at Klan gatherings. It’s a stark reminder that hate, ignorance and prejudice may dissipate but certainly don’t go away. But there’s something more at work here, as well. There’s a lonely marginalization to many of these photos.
Many of the photos are from Karen’s new book, “The Invisible Empire: Ku Klux Klan,” which he shared with Life Magazine. In all, Karen spent four years working on this project, traveling from Germany, Canada and throughout 25 states here at home.
Karen says: “I guess I prefer stories with a little edge to them. I find it extremely interesting to document a controversial belief system — to capture people when they’re in a vulnerable state, running on raw emotion. It’s about being allowed into someone’s personal space, respecting that trust, being grateful for the chance to see something that most don’t get to see.”