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Created Equal: A Stunning Photo Series Exploring Cultural Difference in America

Detroit-born Photographer Mark Laita explores social and cultural clashes between different social backgrounds by juxtaposing people of United States in his stunning series “Created Equal”. By contrasting social inequality, Laita invited the viewers to think about how and why they took these different directions.

People were born equal but turned out totally different in real life. Mark Laita in his photo series compares different people from all walks of life such as a bank robber and a policeman, a high school dropout and a college graduate, a company president, and a janitor, etc. It took almost 8 years for Mark Laita to complete the project.

via Mark Laita

 female body builder / drag queen
Female Body Builder / Drag Queen
catholic nuns / prostitutes
Catholic Nuns / Prostitutes
 ceo / messenger, 2006 / 2005
CEO / Messenger, 2006 / 2005
ballerina / trucker
Ballerina / Trucker
fitness model / heart surgery patient
Fitness Model / Heart Surgery Patient
 indigent couple / wealthy couple
Indigent Couple / Wealthy Couple
rock band / polka band, 2006 / 2006
Rock Band / Polka Band, 2006 / 2006
marine / war veteran
Marine / War Veteran
cowboy / indian
Cowboy / Indian
baptist minister / ku klux klan
Baptist Minister / Ku Klux Klan
astronaut / alien abductee
Astronaut / Alien Abductee
coal miners / male exotic dancers
Coal Miners / Male Exotic Dancers
company president / janitor
Company President / Janitor
amish teenagers / punk teenagers
Amish Teenagers / Punk Teenagers
 gang member / mafioso
Gang Member / Mafioso
 college graduate / high school dropout
College Graduate / High School Dropout
lingerie model / woman in girdle
Lingerie Model / Woman in Girdle
showgirl / librarian
Showgirl / Librarian
vegetarian / butcher, 1999 / 2004
Vegetarian / Butcher, 1999 / 2004
homeless man / real estate developer
Homeless Man / Real Estate Developer

Image Courtesy © Mark Laita