With Europe's largest population of immigrant Muslims, France is torn between its democratic traditions and its fears that the country is losing its identity with this huge foreign influx. The government has promoted a debate asking what it means to be French. Meanwhile, there are at least 400,000 illegal immigrants inside the country, according to government estimates. Even with stepped up deportations, only half of that number have been sent back to their home countries, showing that, this issue has reached a stalemate.


The diverse city of San Francisco is considered home to cultures from all around the world. These ethnic groups transform the city by creating strong communities in which their identities, rituals, and traditions are celebrated and nurtured. In other words, they recreate their old homes within their new environment. Bound together by language and tradition, these cultural enclaves continue to thrive both separately from and as part of the diverse fabric of San Francisco.

MIKKO TAKKUNEN | Post-War Recovery in Sierra Leone

This series of 15 photographs from Sierra Leone was taken in the spring of 2008, when I spent a month in the country documenting the foreign aid projects of the Finnish Refugee Council. I have recently been revisiting the work as I had been invited to show a selection of it at Ozwald Boateng in London in the spring of 2010.
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