The day after Republicans in the United States Senate voted against hearing evidence in the Impeachment trial of the 45th President, I began a series of portraits on the theme of mourning in America. Informed by the 1960s funeral photographs of Jackie Kennedy, Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabbaz, Mourning America is an expression of our collective grief and an expression of our refusal to be powerless. I took fourteen portraits between February 1st and March 4th of 2020 with the intent of taking many more. Due to the threat posed by the global pandemic I paused the project until it’s safe to continue. What began as one kind of national grief has exploded into a much deeper and more expansive sorrow. This is a work-in-progress.
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