The world we live in today is a cesspit of wars, and its current state is largely down to our own inability to understand the other side's perspective. Perhaps, the meaning of the famous immortal declaration "all men are created equal" is lost on our generation.
Photographer Mark Laita has addressed this plight of our intolerance and understanding in his photo series, "Created Equal."
This Detroit-based artist juxtaposed people from completely different professions together, with his message that no matter how ideologically different people are, we were all created equal.
Vegetarian / Butcher, 1999 / 2004
College Graduate / High School Dropout
Amish Teenagers / Punk Teenagers
Baptist Minister / Ku Klux Klan
Catholic Nuns / Prostitutes
Marine / War Veteran
Rock Band / Polka Band, 2006 / 2006
Gang Member / Mafioso
Homeless Man / Real Estate Developer
The "Created Equal" series was published in Laita's 2010 book of the same name. About it, he once said: “I photograph what I love about my country, which is the American. By that I mean the individual who is shaped from more than 200 years of liberty and independence mixed with all the successes and failures that America has experienced in its short life. So here is a collection of these creatures. Tragic and wonderful, great and ordinary, they stand proud and ready for scrutiny.”