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Christopher Capozziello January 14, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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Hanging Doll

Christopher Capozziello works as a freelance photojournalist based in Hamden, Connecticut. He focuses on documenting social issues in order to facilitate awareness and conversation about different facets of life. Christopher is a member of the Aevum photo collective that includes five other young photojournalists based in different areas of the United States. His images have been recognized by World Press Photo, the Alexia Foundation, the Golden Light Awards, the National Headliner Awards, and the China International Press Photo Contest. Christopher’s clients and publications include The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, The Dallas Morning News, L’Express, World Vision, and Christianity Today, among others.

About the Photograph:

“His parents and the rest of those at the picnic laugh because to them it is a joke, but I look at his eyes and his hands clenching the stick. He beats the doll, looking back to his parents afterward for approval and finds faces that are laughing at what he has done. Images of the KKK are seen by most as examples of hatred, yet members of the organization see themselves as a group calling for white people to assert, or regain, a power they feel has been lost to them in America. They see a multicultural America favoring people of color over whites and a nation too willing to open its borders to immigrants. A pattern emerges when looking at the Klan’s history. Activities have increased whenever white folks perceive a diminishing sense of power. This often occurs at times when racial, ethnic and religious diversity have increased or when our country examines its attitude and behavior regarding minority populations:  the end of the Civil War, the beginning of new waves of immigration just after the turn of the 20thcentury, the onset of the Depression, the 60’s civil rights era, and now the position of non-white people in a new global economy.”

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