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Long after hangings, McCarthyism and civil rights; ethnic cleansings, genocides and religious divides; years after Blacksploitation and ‘Roots,’ people are still asking each other, "What are you?" – despite history’s tale of the dark and deadly side of classification. America, the beautiful, cultural melting pot, how can you have so much room for religious freedom, colored hair, colored skin, speckled histories, different languages, traditions, cultures, foods and still leave so much room for ignorance in these very areas? Must you demand that we fit into only one (racial) box? This book contains the true stories of people who don’t fit into one box. They have spent their lives facing the burning question, “So, what are we, anyway?”… and when will these questions end? When will people begin to describe themselves as simply, human?

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About the Author

Samantha Isom
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3 years after interracial Marriage was legalized in the U.S., & 5 years prior to the end of the Vietnam 'War', Samantha began her journey. Raised by parents documenting every waking moment of her life, she soon followed suit. During her time as a Music Major in College, she worked at photos labs shooting weddings and printing commercial work for local photographers. After shooting for the College's publications & some time as a photo assistant, photographer & Digital Tech in NJ, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans & Miami, she now lives and works in New York City. You may view some of her work via www.Samiamphoto.com

Comments (4)

transart

transart says

Samantha,
beautiful way to make a point and challenge labeling people. And the way you placed the text on the portraits feels just right.

posted at 07:00pm Jun 10 PST

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ArnoldEvert says
I'm fascinated with where people come from. I always want to know when and where people's ancestors came from, probably because my own family lineage is so varied. With three consecutive generations emigrating each to a new place the question of who am I is very compelling to me. I'm white, so that probably doesn't look like anything special in a photo. But the questions come up in many ways, as I'm sure you discovered. I pretty much gave up, for the most part, asking where people came from because it often comes across as off putting. After all, people in South America and Cuba are just people, so I'm told. One friend from Venezuala said they are taught in school that they are all the same.

My latest obsession is where are all the Native Americans from the US? This was after reading "Native New Yorkers". You can go to any New York deli and see all the Indians from south of the border working in the kitchen, but where are the Indians from over here?
posted at 12:37pm Jan 31 PST

posted at 06:23pm Jun 10 PST

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samiamfoto says

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ArnoldEvert says
I'm fascinated with where people come from. I always want to know when and where people's ancestors came from, probably because my own family lineage is so varied. With three consecutive generations emigrating each to a new place the question of who am I is very compelling to me. I'm white, so that probably doesn't look like anything special in a photo. But the questions come up in many ways, as I'm sure you discovered. I pretty much gave up, for the most part, asking where people came from because it often comes across as off putting. After all, people in South America and Cuba are just people, so I'm told. One friend from Venezuala said they are taught in school that they are all the same.

My latest obsession is where are all the Native Americans from the US? This was after reading "Native New Yorkers". You can go to any New York deli and see all the Indians from south of the border working in the kitchen, but where are the Indians from over here?
posted at 12:37pm Jan 31 PST

posted at 06:23pm Jun 10 PST

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hgiclaire says
I went to the gallery exhibit of many of these photographs, and it was wonderful. Really striking images with fascinating accounts from mixed-race folks that usually don't arise in conversation. A worthy investigation into the gradually melting borders of race.
posted at 10:59am Jan 27 PST

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