Immigration Reform Portraits

Posted by on January 08, 2014.
Adit
Cecilia
Erick
Lisa
Francisco
Liva
Jay
Marina
Marcos
Nad
Rachit
Roly
Sheena

We're excited to share this set of portraits from photographic team Robert Johnson and Katherine Sarkissian of Jonsar Studios. The powerful photos are designed to promote immigration reform through storytelling.  

"We are passionate about capturing 'the moment' – the spark and connection that separates great images from the rest, and believe that today more than ever people are starving for something much more personal in an impersonal world," says Johnson and Sarkissian.

To arrive at these great portraits, one of the photographers guides the participant in a photo shoot, encouraging the "model" to not worry about how they look, but rather to be as natural, true, and honest as possible. Then, a second photographer interviews the participants on video, asking questions about their immigration experiences and what they would like to tell Congress. The team reviews the footage, and identifies a quote that best captures the person's story, and displays the text over the image. 

The creativity of the photographers is a testament to the diversity of the immigration reform coalition. Since the launch of FWD.us, we've organized all over the United States. In each city and region, supporters are contributing their time and skills in a variety of ways. This photo series from Jonsar Studios is just one phenomenal example of the different ways each immigration reform supporter can spread the word for the movement.  

If you're inspired by their work, why not share your own immigration story? We'll be featuring some of the most inspirational stories online in the coming weeks and months.  

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