KKK, North Carolina by W. Eugene Smith

The photograph named “KKK, North Carolina” was captured by artist W. Eugene Smith. The image is a black and white photograph that shows a group of individuals in robes, which are characteristic of the Ku Klux Klan, standing around a burning cross at night. The cross is ablaze, emitting light which illuminates the scene and the figures in robes, while also casting stark shadows. The people are gathered in an open field, giving the event a secretive and ominous atmosphere. The image is blurred, suggesting movement and possibly the chaotic energy of the scene. It is a powerful and disturbing image that reflects a period in American history and the activities associated with the Ku Klux Klan.

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