Ed Kashi (VII) was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post concerning his initiative on racial profiling in Europe. In this interview, he speaks of his efforts commissioned by the Open Society Foundations to capture the individual struggles of thirty immigrants who have felt alienated and targeted because of their race. Kashi spoke of how he did not have much time to create in depth interviews on his subjects as there were so many of them. Instead, he decided to go with the approach of creating environmental portraits of these people in places where they have been profiled and where they believe that they could be profiled.
With the direction of the Open Society program officers and legal teams, he went to France, Holland and the UK to find “people on the ground,” and utilize “advocacy journalism” or “journalism with a real pointed approach,” explains Kashi. When asked of the story that particularly stood out in this project, he spoke of two men one, a black jamaican premier football player from the UK and the other, a Malian immigrant who became an elected official in Paris, France. Kashi explained how both men were considered “model citizens” yet they were “being treated like a criminal or a terrorist.”
A free exhibition of Kashi’s work with these subjects is currently on view at La Place de la République, in Paris until July 12th .