ED KASHI
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June 16, 2015

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.

Former football player Paul Mortimer, poses for a photograph in Penge, UK on April 22, 2012. Mortimer has experienced harassment by police profiling. This is from a project on police profiling in Europe, examining the impact of immigrants and minorities who must contend with the stigma, legal pressures and exclusion from society these practices can cause on victims of such policies and behavior.

Former football player Paul Mortimer, poses for a photograph in Penge, UK on April 22, 2012. Mortimer has experienced harassment by police profiling. This is from a project on police profiling in Europe, examining the impact of immigrants and minorities who must contend with the stigma, legal pressures and exclusion from society these practices can cause on victims of such policies and behavior.

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.”

Adji Ahoudian, 32, an elected official, poses for a photograph in Paris, France on April 2, 2012. Ahoudian has been profiled by police officers in France. This is from a project on police profiling in Europe, examining the impact of immigrants and minorities who must contend with the stigma, legal pressures and exclusion from society these practices can cause on victims of such policies and behavior.

Adji Ahoudian, 32, an elected official, poses for a photograph in Paris, France on April 2, 2012. Ahoudian has been profiled by police officers in France. This is from a project on police profiling in Europe, examining the impact of immigrants and minorities who must contend with the stigma, legal pressures and exclusion from society these practices can cause on victims of such policies and behavior.

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 .

Watch the full interview here: 

 

 

 

 

 

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