Anthony Karen is a documentary photographer based in New York. His passion for photography began in Haiti, where he continues to document various Vodou rituals and pilgrimages throughout the country. Over the years, Anthony has worked on several long-term projects, including extensive documentation of white separatists. This project led to two books, exhibitions in Bulgaria, Italy, the annual Noorderlicht Festival and two screenings at Visa Pour I’Image international photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France.
His photographs and interviews have been featured in various forms of media, such as NPR radio, LIFE, Time, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, and Slate. “Inside the Westboro Baptist Church”, Anthony’s collaboration with LIFE, received two MIN Editorial Awards in 2011. In the same year, Anthony was the recipient of the George A. Robinson IV Foundation grant for his humanitarian work and a Best Of Photojournalism - Cliff Edom’s New America Award. In 2017 Anthony was a finalist in the 2017 Lange-Taylor prize for the Center of Documentary Studies.
In March 2013, he collaborated with Left/Right Productions and the Discovery Channel on a documentary about the modern-day Ku Klux Klan, KKK: Beneath the Hood: https://corporate.discovery.com/blog/2013/03/20/discovery-channel-presents-kkk-beneath-the-hood-tonight/. In the summer of 2016, a selection of Anthony’s work was featured in the motion picture Imperium, which was loosely based on a true story: https://bit.ly/2XubL8p.
In 2019 Anthony associate produced the documentary Ku Klux Klan en pasaporte Pampliega for Cuerdos de Atar TV in Madrid: https://bit.ly/2LKl5xM. His images are also featured in the documentary Healing from Hate: Battle for a Soul of a Nation:https://www.vimooz.com/2019/10/16/documentary-healing-from-hate-to-world-premiere-at-doc-nyc/and in the six part docuseries: Why Do We Hate produced by Steven Spielberg for the Discovery Channel.
Anthony served in the US Marine Corps and worked for many years in the personal protection industry. He has traveled extensively worldwide and has volunteered on numerous international medical missions. His charitable affiliations include Hospice, Smile Train, Surgical Volunteers International, and the Humane Society.