AUTHOR/PHOTOGRAPHER TISH LAMPERT
BOOK DESIGN EMMELIA MENDIETA
For almost two decades, I have been back and forth across the United States with my camera taking the pulse of the nation. I began We Protest leading up to and after the disputed Presidential election of 2000. As people were confused and felt disenfranchised, they began to congregate. This project marks a political re-awakening of Americans exercising their right to peaceably assemble and to hold their government accountable. My goal is to create a documentary photographic collection that follows dissent chronologically, as the culture of protest has escalated and as ongoing events continue to polarize our nation.
These photographs are a visual reminder of where we’ve been, who we are, and brings into focus our changing democracy, framing this history through the power of the printed image.
As I continue this project there is no shortage of discontent. Hard earned rights that Americans have taken for granted, for generations, are being overturned and diminished. It is my goal with this collection to engage the viewer to feel the same outrage and compassion that I have experienced on the trail. It has been a privilege to meet those who have engaged in non violent civil disobedience and who have defended our rights, for generations. Time and time again they find the energy to get back out there and motivate the first timers. The question remains. What do we take away from these demonstrations?
Beyond the composition of the aggregate crowd shot, my intent has always been to portray the individual narrative, to capture the faces that leave us curious about their story. I continue to look for that iconic moment that we will remember as we look at our participation in activism, from year to year, to reflect on this history and perhaps identify our personal journey in relationship to these photographs.
We Are The Ones We Are Waiting For