Portfolio No. 18
Portfolio made with Jean-Pierre Laffont for the occasion of his exhibition Tumultueuse Amérique at Maison Européenne de la Photographie.
« In the Sixties, New York was dirty and dangerous. the country was going through profound changes and it looked like everyone was in the streets protesting.
In the Seventies, the American dream seemed to be disintegrating. The American people no longer trusted their government. I covered the rise of the Black power movement and the Ku Klux Klan. During President Carter’s years, I did photo essays with the poor in his home state of Georgia. The American spirit was down. Still, the war in Vietnam had ended and through the hippie movement, the American youth found its voice and optimism.
In the Eighties, Americans were ready for a new beginning. When I look back at the individual photographs I took during this quarter-century period, the images at first seem to depict a ball of confusion... riots, demonstrations, disintegration, collapse and coflict. Taken together, the images show the chaotic, often painful, birth of the country where we live in today: 21st-century America...».
Portfolio delivered in its complete box set: Wombat N°18.