"In this body of work, Conteh wanted to put faces in front of the statistics that speak of their marginalization in Atlanta. He didn’t ask his subjects to come to his studio or pose them in any way. Instead, he opted to approach people candidly and ask to take their photograph, allowing his subjects to pose however they were most comfortable. In some instances, he captured them without their knowledge and later asked for permission. “I made it a point to be mindful of how they’re posed and what they’re communicating with their facial expressions,” he says. In some of the portraits you can look into the eyes of the subject, but many of them look away, not allowing their souls to be exposed through their eyes."