Mark Laita’s Photographs Highlight the Equality of Our Differences

Fascinated by the diverse nature of the human race, photographer Mark Laita set about capturing it on film with these extraordinary black and white shots. Laita’s artistic vision has pitted the likes of a pimp against a polygamist, a ballerina with a boxer and Hells Angels’ with a group of choir boys. The results are funny, dark, beautiful and, most importantly, challenging. What makes us good, bad, sane or crazy is, unlike the pictures, not always as black and white as it may first seem. (Country Fair Livestock Show Contestant, 2003 / Cajun Man 2003 above)

Debutante, 2004 / Parolee,2004

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Gang Member, 2006 / Mafioso, 2006

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Indigent Couple, 2004 / Wealthy Couple, 2004

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Philosophy Professor, 2007 / Auto Mechanic, 2003

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Physician Assisted Suicide Patient, 2005 / Holocaust Survivor, 2005

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Rock Musician, 2006 / Bullrider, 2007

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Slot Machine Player, 2007 / Repo Man, 2002

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Southener, 2004 / Hassidic Jew, 2007

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Subway Musician, 2003 / High School Marching Band, 2004

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Ballerina, 2002 / Boxer, 1999

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Baptist Minister, 2002 / Ku Klux Klan, 2002

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Fur Trapper, 2003 / Woman with Dog, 2004

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Bank Robber, 2000 / Three Deputies, 2000

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French Chef, 2006 / Short Order Cook, 1999

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Motorcycle Gang, 2004 / Altar Boys, 2005

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Marine, 2002 / War Veteran, 2004

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Polygamists, 2004 / Pimp 2003

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Astronaut, 2003 / Alien Abductee, 2005

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Amish Teenagers, 2004 / Punk Teenagers, 2004

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Baptist Churchgoer, 2004 / White Supremacist, 2003

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Fortune Teller, 2007 / Executioner, 2002

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