From Mark Laita: "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. "
“Created Equal does not airbrush out the scars of life, the wrinkles, triple-chins, missing teeth - and other more extreme abberations of so-called ‘normal’ standards. Apart from a few exceptions, what is obviously missing is the upscale view we have gotten so used to – the sense of money and power and glossied-upbeauty that has been such a staple of recent times . . . Laita’s Created Equal is definitely a personal view. Laita says” ‘I photograph what I love about my country, which is the American. By that, I mean the individual who is shaped by more than 200 years of liberty and independence mixed with all the successes and failures that America has experienced in its short life. So here is a collection of these creatures, tragic and wonderful, great and ordinary, they stand proud and ready for scrutiny.’” (Ingrid Sischy, Created Equal)
© Mark Laita, courtesy Fahey/Klein Gallery