Major Arcana: Portraits of Witches in America is a collection of portraits of women from across the United States who identify as witches. As early as 15th century Europe, people condemned as witches faced an agonizing fate. Those unfortunate enough to be accused of witchcraft were thought to be allied with the devil, and were demonized, tortured, and in many cases put to death based on the scantest of evidence. Yet despite its deplorable history, recent decades have seen a reclaiming of the word “witch.” In the mid-20th century, emerging Pagan communities in the United States and Europe began embracing the term, and since then, “witch” has been adopted by a diverse group of people, from practicing Wiccans to feminist activists. Major Arcana explores the various ways the notion of witch-ness belongs to those who claim it, representing the witch as a singularly self-sought identity that both empowers and politicizes its bearer. Each person photographed for Major Arcana (including genderfluid and trans individuals) pursues a form of witchcraft, whether aligned with a religion (like Wicca, Santeria, or Voudou) or a self-defined practice.