Claire Beckett is a photographer based in Boston, MA. A native of Chicago, IL, she earned a BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) in 2000 and an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, MA) in 2006. Claire Beckett is represented by the Carroll and Sons Gallery (formerly called the Bernard Toale Gallery) in Boston. Her photographs have been show in recent solo exhibitions at the Bernard Toale Gallery and at the University of Rhode Island, as well as in group exhibitions at the Photographic Resource Center, Boston University and Simmons College. Claire Beckett is a 2007 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant. From 2002-2004 she worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Benin, West Africa. Beckett is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the New England Institute of Art in Boston.
Boston-based photographer Claire Beckett‘s The Converts is a series of portraits of individuals who have converted to Islam. A mix of recent converts and long-time practicing Muslims, Beckett says her subjects are predominantly American with the exception of a couple who have immigrated to the U.S. Beckett explores the relationship between the American and Muslim world, asking the questions, “What does it mean to be an American? Who are we as a people, and how do we define ourselves? How do we understand our country in relation to other nations and cultures?” She asks these questions within a society that has constructed the American and Muslim as opposites, interested in the experiences of those who “have traversed this imagined line.”