Created Equal

I am not specifically recommending the book Created Equal becuase I’ve never seen it up close and cannot vouch for its qualities (and it is not cheap) but it was mentioned, with several photographs from the book, here, some time ago.

In Created Equal, photographer Mark Laita pairs images that are in some way “opposite” (though it is not always the case, in my opinion) such as this one of a country fair livestock show contestant and a Cajun guy with his gator, or a ballerina and a boxer, or a homeless man and a real estate developer.

Might be a good coffee table book for the person who has everything except a lot of social dichotomies.

(Photo from publisher’s publicity material.)


  1. #1 DBP
    August 28, 2011

    Looking through the pictures…I’m not sure opposite means what the author thinks it does.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    August 28, 2011

    Yeah, in some cases it seems clear but in other cases we may be seeing into the mind of the author/photographer in ways that are a bi startling.

  3. #3 Drivebyposter
    August 28, 2011

    Hmm that gives me an idea…*heads off to search for art created by people with mental disorders*

  4. #4 Martin
    August 29, 2011

    In many of the pairs, I was struck more by what they have in common than by what they don’t. For instance, I looked at the polygamist/pimp pair and thought, “Here’s a man who many people would say objectifies and demeans women / Here’s a man who many people would say objectifies and demeans women.”

    Fascinating, well-composed pictures, though. I may have to break down and buy the book.