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IN Photography ON 17 Dec, 2015
Everyone has something unique to them and we must always appeciate this fact.
United States of America is a country full of immigrants who came around 1892 between 1954, hoping for better things to happen to them. All these different groups together, form the American identity today.
Augustus Sherman who worked as an immigrant intake clerk for 25 years, decided to track down history and pay homage to the elders.
This is what Ellis Islands look like today. You can see the Immigrant Wall of Honor attached around the place which is full of names of the immigrants.
Sherman was determined to show the reality of the faces of immigration. He has worked hard over the course of his work to gather this information and tell about it to the world.
People usually think so, but it is not at all possible that everyone who came as an immigrant was same. They are all different in many ways.
When we confine things to textbooks, we lose touch with the kind of diversity that every group brought in with them.
The only thing they had in common was the fact that they were immigrants. The way we study them now, we only know very little about them. A huge sea of reality needs to be explored.
The photographer captured the final glimpses of these people before they started living in America. Everything about them was going to change after this.
This picture not show smiles and happiness only. It shows pain, sadness, loss and everything an immigrant would understand better.
These people had to adopt new identities, leaving whatever they had, just so they could fit into the society.
If you wish to trace lines between the immigrants who arrived and the Ellis isalnds, you can draw a whole map with the links. These lines would be proof enough for the fact that there is diversity.
America was and is the beacon of hope for these people, who came here looking for opportunities to live a better life. Hope they have great lives.
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