Created Equal, a book of Mark Laita

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“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.” Purchase Book here.

Photo above: Mariachis / Elvis Impersonators

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Motorcycle Gang / Altar Boys

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Ballerina / Boxer

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Baptist Churchgoer / White Supremacist

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County Fair Livestock Show Contestant / Cajun Man

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Gang Member / Mafioso

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Bank Robber / Deputies

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Marine / War Veteran

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Baptist Minister / Ku Klux Klan

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Homeless Man / Real Estate Developer

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Bullrider / Rock Musician

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Astronaut / Alien Abductee

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Company President / Janitor

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Southerner / Hassidic Jew

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French Chef / Short Order Cook

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Beauty Pageant Contestant / Topless Dancer

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Polygamist / Pimp

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Fur Trapper / Woman with Dog

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Amish Teenagers / Punk Teenagers