Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

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Detroit-born Photographer Mark Laita explores social and cultural clashes between different social backgrounds by juxtaposing people of United States in his stunning series “Created Equal”.

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.

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America:

French Chef / Short Order Cook

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Female Body Builder / Drag Queen

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Catholic Nuns / Prostitutes

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

CEO / Messenger, 2006 / 2005

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Ballerina / Trucker

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Fitness Model / Heart Surgery Patient

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Indigent Couple / Wealthy Couple

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Rock Band / Polka Band, 2006 / 2006

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Marine / War Veteran

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Cowboy / Indian

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Baptist Minister / Ku Klux Klan

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Astronaut / Alien Abductee

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Coal Miners / Male Exotic Dancers

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Company President / Janitor

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Amish Teenagers / Punk Teenagers

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Gang Member / Mafioso

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

College Graduate / High School Dropout

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Lingerie Model / Woman in Girdle

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Showgirl / Librarian

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Vegetarian / Butcher, 1999 / 2004

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Homeless Man / Real Estate Developer

Created Equal: Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America
Image Courtesy © Mark Laita

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