Andrew Renneisen Awarded 2016 Ian Parry Scholarship
Photojournalist and Syracuse University alum Andrew Renneisen has been honored with the Ian Parry Scholarship Award for Achievement for his series “An American Dilemma, Revisited.” Renneisen was our “One to Watch” pick in the fall 2015 issue of PDNedu for both his photographic talent and his dedication to telling important stories. Now 24 years old, he has been documenting racial disparity in the United States for five years.
“An American Dilemma, Revisited,” documents the adversity that black communities face, from a wealth gap, to criminal injustice, to underfunded education—and the unrest that is born from this impasse.
The Ian Parry Scholarship both honors an existing body of work and provides the means for a proposed series. Renneisen will be awarded $3,500 to tell the stories of survivors who have been accused of witchcraft in Kenya. Currently based in Nairobi, Renneisen says that “witch” lynchings have become commonplace in Kenya’s coastal towns, usually perpetrated over land-ownership disputes from young relatives. For the elders that escape, they seek shelter at a safe haven further inland.
See the winning edit from “An American Dilemma, Revisited” below, and keep up with Reneissen on Instagram.
Photos © Andrew Renneisen