Do You Think These People Were Created Equal After Seeing These Photos?

Rossalyn Warren

Humans, we're a funny bunch. We're quick to pit people against each other in tribes: liberal vs. conservative, poor vs. rich, old vs. young. But we often seem to overlook the fact that despite these seemingly obvious differences, we all still have the fundamental sameness.

That's what fascinated photographer Mark Laita, who decided to stand people of different backgrounds, occupations, and appearances next to each other to — in his words — "let the viewer think for themselves about how the two individuals in the photographs relate and what that means."

Gang Member/Mafioso:

Fur Trapper/Woman with Dog:

Indigent Couple/Wealthy Couple:

Baptist Minister/Ku Klux Klan:

Fortune Teller/Executioner:

Debutante/Parolee:

Physician Assisted Suicide Patient/Holocaust Survivor:

Baptist Churchgoer/White Supremacist:

Ballerina/Boxer:

Amish Teenagers/Punk Teenagers:

Astronaut/Alien Abductee:

Polygamists/Pimp:

Marine/War Veteran:

Motorcycle Gang/Altar Boys:

French Chef/Short Order Cook:

County Fair Livestock Show Contestant/Cajun Man:

Bank Robber/Deputies:

Company President/Janitor:

Homeless Man/Real Estate Developer:

About:

I got in touch with Mark Laita, and he kindly gave me permission to republish these photographs from his series "Created Equal." These are just a handful of the striking photographs; you can buy his book for all of them.

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