In/visible Ethnicities – Portrait Project by Vanessa Newark
Vanessa Newark is a London-based fashion and portrait photographer who also works as a journalist. One of her recent projects, In/visible Ethnicities, explores how people of mixed ethnicities identify themselves, are identified on Census forms, and are perceived in society.
The project presents a series of portraits alongside interviews with people of mixed ethnic backgrounds. Their stories and insights reveal a disconnection between personal ethnic identity and social perception of ethnicity.
“Many subjects reported that their ethnicity was assumed to be either one whole ethnic group or the other, Vanessa writes. Meanwhile, “aspects of their invisible identity tended to be overlooked.” The portraits ask the viewer to reconsider the ways in which ethnicity is perceived, defined and recorded.