The Raised Hand

Some thoughts on the pitfalls of photographing religious observance

KC McGinnis
Vantage
Published in
4 min readSep 30, 2018

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The New York Kosmon Temple, by Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times.

At a glance, this photo by Demetrius Freeman in The New York Times looks like a repetition of a familiar visual trope: inflamed with passion, a man lifts his hand into the air during a worship service. Photographs like this can be problematic not only because they’re overly common, but because they present something that’s…

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KC McGinnis
Vantage

Editorial photographer based in the Upper Midwest. I also write about depictions of religion in news media and photography. kcmcginnis.com.