In a new exhibition, photographers capture fifty years of American turmoil


From vaccinations to elections to police, finding political commonalities in the United States seems to be more difficult than ever. The division also comes from the data. A month before the 2020 elections, about nine out of ten Republicans, and the same number of Democrats, said Pew’s research suggests that the victory of other Democrats could lead to “permanent harm.” I was worried. America.

“Our crisis today is the clash between the American dream, the traditional vision of the United States, and the difficult and dissonant reality in which it lives,” said publication editors Jerry Mason and Adolf Susdorf. Is writing. America at stake.. Their statement is true today, America at stakeThe Magnum Photos Project was published in 1969. Inspired by the radical political changes of the late 1960s, the groundbreaking group initiative aimed to investigate the major events leading up to the inauguration of Nixon in 1968 and to assess the state of the country. .. The scope of the project was wide and the section titles included sources of violence, sources of poverty, and the fight for equality.

“Some of us felt that the 1968 election would somehow be special,” said project photographer Charles Harbutt. “The basic problem is: I felt that the traditional American self-image I learned through public schools, Hollywood movies, advertising, and the July 4th speech, the American Dream itself, was being challenged. “

Massive support for Richard Nixon at the Republican National Convention.Miami, Florida, 1968

(© Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos)

As America’s political division enters a new dimension, triggered by a stolen election pandemic and false allegations, America at stake This project is being reviewed at an exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London. The show looks for historical symmetry that can create a dialogue between original photography and recent American photography and shed light on today’s political collapse.

Contemporary photographers such as Kris Graves, Baraz Gardi, Zora J. Murff, Sheila Pree Bright and Stacy Kranitz are next to their predecessors Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt and Mary Ellen Mark. In addition, we are conducting a continuous survey of social changes and divisions. In total, 40 major American photographers and more than 120 works will be on display.

Smithville, Tennessee, 2015

(© Stacy Kranitz)

Pink sidewalk, Florida, 2017.From the series Floodzone

(© Anastasia Samoyrowa)

Bungalow Family with Last Ash Tree, Midway, Chicago, 2018

(© Paul D’Amato)

Race remains an important issue for contributors, as is the 1969 project, which included a photo of the civil rights movement from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. “I feel the same as before about the execution of American anti-black violence in 2020, and my opinion hasn’t changed,” says photographer Zora J. Murff. “The recorded deaths of blacks by the hands of whites we have seen in the last two years are nothing new in this country.”

Selma March, Alabama, 1965

(© Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos)

Lee Square, Richmond, Virginia, 2020 Sasha Wolf Project offer

(© Chris Graves)

Grant Park, Chicago, 1968

(© Charles Harbat)

#FXCK July 4: A rally to foster a shift from injustice and police atrocities to women and LGBTQ +, Atlanta, Georgia, 2020

(© Sheila Pre-Bright)

This exhibition shows that many political battles are taking place on the same front line as 50 years ago. “I think the crisis for me means a peculiar event or sliver in time. I think 2020 was a continuation,” said Mark Zuckerberg, a photographer at Reuters, taking a photo of the Senate hearing. Leah Millis, who contributed to the exhibition, says.

Photo submitted by Mark Zuckerberg’s Leah Millis testifying before the joint Senate hearing

(© Reuters / Rear Millis)

“The crisis hasn’t given enough width so far. It gives the impression of overcoming a storm. I’ve been in the midst of it for the last few years and probably color my point of view, but this Feels deeper. “

America at stake It will be screened at the Saatchi Gallery in London from January 21st to April 3rd, 2022.


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