In the tradition of Walker Evans and James Agee, artist Tim Davis and journalist Joe Hagan are creating a new project about the state of the American Dream.
Crisscrossing the country interviewing Americans of all stripes, orientations, perspectives and desires, they are creating a collective portrait of this country’s sense of itself, in a time beyond bust and boom, and of increasing uncertainty about politics. Inspired by the WPA and by the oral histories of Studs Terkel, Hagan and Davis are working with old-fashioned tools: pen and paper, and a large format view camera.
Portraits will be presented with accompanying text in the most venerable tradition of the photographic documentary — vista and voice — but keyed to the present, in all of its uncertain glory.
Tim Davis is an artist and writer currently at work on a long-form music and video project called It’s OK to Hate Yourself.His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum and the Walker Art Center, among many others. He teaches photography at Bard College.
Joe Hagan writes about politics and media for New York Magazine and Rolling Stone. He has published long-form profiles and investigative exposes on Karl Rove, Henry Kissinger, Bill Maher, Dan Rather, Goldman Sachs, The New York Times, Twitter and the Bush family. In 2010, he discovered and wrote about the secret diary of civil rights singer Nina Simone.
View the project at timdavisandjoehagan.tumblr.com.
Tim Davis: http://www.davistim.com/
Joe Hagan: http://www.joehagan.net/