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Sikhs from across the US Come Together for a Powerful Photo Series Celebrating Their Community

To spread the message of the amazing beauty of sikhs, London-based photographers Amit and Naroop teamed up with The Sikh Coalition and photographed 40 Sikhs from around the U.S.

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The two photographers had already finished the first leg of their project back in 2013, where they documented 36 sikhs in Britain.

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They held a national contest and a panel selected people based on the strength, positivity and perseverance that they represented to their community.

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“We decided that it was important to share positive stories that embody the true Sikh-American experience 15 years after 9/11. Sikhs are so much more than victims of profiling, backlash and hate crimes,” the photographers told BuzzFeed.

“We wanted to emphasise that in a way that shows the beauty, diversity and incredible experiences of Sikhs across the United States while educating the broader American public.”

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“The project was conceived to promote and celebrate individuality and identity,” they said.

“Here are a group of people who wear turbans on their head and don’t cut their hair. They do this with pride. It is not a fashion accessory, it is fundamental to who they are. What does it represent? Discipline. Strength. Unity. Equality.”

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They explained that they wanted people to walk into the exhibition and no matter what their race, gender, age or sexuality, they leave feeling proud of who they are.

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The portraits will be hanging in a free exhibition in Manhattan from September 16-25.

 

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