This book is a celebration of diversity, tolerance, and acceptance.
What tolerance and acceptance, you say? Doesn’t this idiot read the news? Hate crimes, religious wars, and genocide are prominent in the news.
Some American politicians espouse racist and sexist ideas, most often using code words, but occasionally by uttering something overt. Others insist on classifying Americans into narrow boxes—a lesbian Latina for this position or a straight black man for that one.
But get past the politicians and the news headlines, and there has been substantial positive movement towards acceptance during my lifetime. Fifty years ago, I grew up in a suburb of Detroit. Everyone was the same; everyone was white.
Today I live in a San Francisco neighborhood composed of a great diversity of people: black, white, Latino, and Asian; straight and gay; tattooed and pierced. All jumbled together in the new normal.
Is there still more work to be done? Certainly. But the progress in the last fifty years has been phenomenal. This book celebrates that progress towards a diverse and tolerant America.
Over the last ten years I have shot images of women and men of different ethnicity, color, fitness, size, shape, lifestyle, and age. A single image is a frank portrait of a particular person. The collection is a Portrait of America.
In order to facilitate comparison, each model was asked to replicate the same pose as closely as possible in front of a neutral background. I shot multiple 4 x 5 negatives of each model. The best parts were selected from each negative and composited and manipulated so that the resulting images overlap precisely.
Limited edition, full size prints (27" x 72"), face mounted to acrylic and backed with dibond. An exhibition of 24 prints displayed in a large oval surrounding the viewers. Portrait of America, a book featuring 60 images.