In America, the chasm between rich and poor is growing, the clash between conservatives and liberals is strengthening, and even good and evil seem more polarized than ever before. At the heart of this collection of portraits is my desire to remind us that we were all equal, until our environment, circumstances or fate molded and weathered us into whom we have become. Los Angeles- and New York-based photographer Mark Laita completed Created Equal over the course of eight years; his poignant words reflect the striking polarizations found in his photographs. Presented as diptychs, the images explore social, economic and gender difference and similarity within the United States, emulating and updating the portraiture of Edward Curtis, August Sander and Richard Avedon. This volume includes an introduction by noted culture writer and editorial cult figure Ingrid Sischy.
Bodybuilder / Amish Farmer, 2006 / 2004
Young Boxer / Retired Boxer, 2002 / 2002
Beauty Salon Customer / Man with Curlers, 2005 / 2004
Lingerie Model / Woman in Girdle, 2006 / 2007
Catholic Nuns / Prostitutes, 2002 / 2002
Vegetarian / Butcher, 1999 / 2004
Fur Trapper / Woman with Dog, 2003 / 2004
Amish Adolescents / Teens punks, 2004 / 2004
Mariachis / Elvis Impersonators, 2000 / 2002
French Chef / Short Order Cook, 2006 / 1999
Company President / Cleaner, 2006 / 2004 years.
Homeless Man / Real Estate Developer, 2002 / 2005
Baptist Minister / Ku Klux Klan, 2002 / 2002
Marine / War Veteran, 2002 / 2004
Bank Robber / Deputies, 2000 / 2000
Gang Member / Mafioso, 2006 / 2006
Ballerina / Boxer, 2002 / 1999
Polygamists / Pimp, 2004 / 2003
Monday, December 12, 2011
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