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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Ben Schonberger

SPE Member since 2011
Member Chapter: Mid-Atlantic

Beautiful Pig

While working in Detroit, I acquired a series of photographs from a retired former Detroit Police officer, Marty Gaynor, whom I began to interview weekly over a course of two years. Among his thousands of photographs were images that he had taken of criminals, just moments before their arrest. By cataloguing, arranging, and interpreting his work, I gave it the parameters of an archive. I arranged Marty's images to create documents in the format of a grid. Each grid was presented to Marty as a canvas for him to transcribe a narration for his images. I infiltrated and paired the grids with images I had taken during my investigation and interaction with Marty. My arrangements are designed to address the complexities of identity through narrative.

Beautiful Pig

Sergeant Marty Gaynor: Systems of Identification, Occupation and Faith

Beautiful Pig

911 Tape

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Sergeant M. Gaynor

Crack Park

The Artist Impersonating The Young Officer

Ass Hole

Greenfield Gold, Detroit

Charge Sheet

Greenfield Gold, Detroit

Homicide Scene

The Ambassador Bridge

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