Mark Laita

Polygamists / Pimp, 2004 / 2003

Catholic Nuns / Prostitutes, 2002 / 2002

Fur Trapper / Woman with Dog, 2003 / 2004

Beauty Salon Customer / Man with Curlers, 2005 / 2004

Northerners / Nudists, 2004 / 2005

Cowboy / Indian, 2002 / 2003

Female Body Builder / Drag Queen, 2002 / 1999

Baptist Minister / Ku Klux Klan, 2002 / 2002

Office Worker / Carney, 2002 / 2005

Southerner / Hassidic Jew, 2004 / 2007

Mark Laita‘s Created Equal is a fascinating book. One of those projects I wish I could conceive, let alone execute!

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.

© Mark Laita

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One response to “Mark Laita

  1. These are really interesting portraits, I really enjoyed studying them. Very effective.

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