For more than a decade, Fazal Sheikh has been meticulously documenting marginalized communities: refugees in Africa, immigrants crossing the Mexican border, women resigned to second-class status in India. Sheikh, 41, the New York-born child of a Kenyan father and white American mother, considers himself an "artist-activist"; he uses portraiture to personalize large social issues. Among Sheikh's admirers is Dave Anderson, whose first monograph, Rough Beauty (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2006), explores the down-and-out town of Vidor, Texas. As Anderson points out here, Sheikh has consciously removed himself from the strictures of "straight" photojournalism to create images of obvious sympathy and respect. Rather than focusing on his subjects' victimhood, he makes photographs that are, in essence, collaborations.