Mark Laita’s Created Equal is a series of portraits of American stereotypes. Each image would be interesting-enough in its own right but becomes more fascinating by its being paired with a contrasting type. So a Mormon polygamist family is juxtaposed with a pimp and his harem.
In America, the chasm between rich and poor is growing, the clash between conservatives and liberals is strengthening, and even good and evil seem more polarized than ever before. At the heart of this collection of portraits is my desire to remind us that we were all equal, until our environment, circumstances or fate molded and weathered us into whom we have become.