The demonstration by torch-wielding white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia focused media attention this summer on the re-emergence of the hate groups in the U.S. For photographers, the story presents challenging questions: How are they to get images beyond the sensational clichés—burning crosses, Nazi regalia, contorted faces spewing hate—to show nuance and increase understanding? And how can the story be told without giving a platform to a dangerous movement that thrives on publicity?

PDN asked those and other questions to photographers who have already immersed themselves in projects about white supremacists. Johnny Milano, Anthony Karen and David S. Holloway are among those who have documented hate groups in the U.S., while Paolo Marchetti and Natalie Keyssar have done so in Europe.

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