David LaChapelle: Recollections in America

It’s not new, but it’s brilliant!

Recollections in America builds “neo-collages” with recycled photographs from the 70′s bought second hand that display family parties and inserting additional objects and people, which otherwise had nothing to do with the original photographs. Preventing the viewer from discerning the authentic images from the fraudulent, the nuanced manipulations – firearms, flags, and other signs of American power – act to heighten the symbolism, and inherent contradictions, of the “American Dream” already present in the source period photos.


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