Armed with a dozen cameras, two assistants and enough equipment to sink a ship, reportage photographer Mary Ellen Mark arrived like a storm in Tennessee to photograph the Ku Klux Klan (page 82). 'I tried to portray the Klan as it really is,' she says, 'rather than stamping my own negative perspective on it. I just kept silent and got on with it.' As a streetwise New Yorker, she was amazed by the contrast in culture, especially after finding her abandoned umbrellas exactly where she'd left them two days previously. Mary Ellen Mark's distinctive black‑and‑white images have appeared regularly, for nearly 30 years, in Life, American Vogue, The Sunday Times and Stern.
Rachel Pendergraft is the power behind the new-look Ku Klux Klan. Tahir Shah met the KKK Grand Dragon.