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Portraits Of Men And Women Who Have Converted To Islam Challenge Our Perception Of 'American'
In a gorgeous series titled "The Converts," photographer Claire Beckett captures portraits of the American men and women who have chosen to convert to Islam. Her stunning photos reveal the faces of these new Muslims in the United States, individuals who were not born into the religion but have found the faith later in life.
"The project stems from ideas that have interested me in my work for years," Becket explains on her website. "What does it mean to be an American? Who are we as a people, and how do we define ourselves? How do we understand our country in relation to other nations and cultures? In a society that, however falsely, often constructs 'American' and 'Muslim' as diametrical opposites, what is the experience of people who traversed this imagined line?"
In her brightly lit, saturated images, Beckett focuses on perception and identity, exploring not only the subjects' physical image as "converts" but also the viewers' understanding of religious culture in the U.S.
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