The violence America saw yesterday in Charlottesville, VA, is a good example of how divided a nation we are and how we need to bring people together, not keep them apart, hating each other.
This Roy Stryker project has that express goal: To Show America to Americans. Those that hate only hate out of fear. Two young children of different race have no hatred for each other. They know each other as people.
Mark Twain famously said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” We are attempting to bring the image of America to those people who won’t travel to meet their fellow Americans and eradicate their ignorance.
We have a tall order–to bring about change in society through the use of photography, but it’s been proved repeatedly throughout history that it’s possible for strong images to sway public opinion. Whether it’s Nick Ut’s Napalm Girl photograph from Vietnam or Bill Hudson’s Birmingham Alabama protest, photographs have power.
Roy Stryker photographers: Please cover the difficulties in our cities and towns, the struggles you see. Those are important photographs to make in these troubled times.