Ed Kashi (VII) was recently interviewed by Daily Photo News about his project on racial profiling in Europe. In his interview, he discusses his experience shooting this project as well as his opinions on police profiling in Europe and how it compares to profiling in the United States.
“I decided to make environmental portraits of the subjects in places where they either had been profiled or stopped, or very well could be”, explains Kashi. When asked whether he is shocked by the racial discrimination that has documented he states; “I am not shocked by this, especially since we are facing a similar dynamic in the United States, particularly in cities like New York… What shocks me is the lack of sensitivity and smarts that the police employ when they do this. I do not want terrorists or criminals to succeed in their dastardly plans for sure! But if we continue these policing actions we will alienate these very groups and moreover we lose sight of them as fellow human beings.” Read the full interview here.
A free exhibition of Ed Kashi’s work on this topic, presented by Open Society Foundations called “Equality Betrayed” is currently on view at La Place de la République, in Paris through July 12th. Another recent interview about the project can be found on Vox.com.