photographer inspiration: Aaron Huey

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photos by

Aaron Huey

from

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

series

About his Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Series:

I think I honestly want these photos to hurt the viewer. I  want people to understand that what they see in these images is a result  of a very long and very calculated oppression. It's convenient that we  can now step back and say: "Oh, no! Look. They are doing it to  themselves! There is nothing we can do!" Very convenient for us. The  story of the Lakota is the story of all indigenous people on every  continent — they are steamrolled by the dominant society and pushed to  the verge of extinction. Assimilate or die.

-Aaron Huey, from an

interview

with with James Estrin for NYTimes Lens blog.

Aaron is raising money for his Pine Ridge Billboard Project

here

.

Walk Across America Series

The  idea of the "photographer as nomad" - surveying America  by car or train - has taken on a bit of a mythical quality for me (I love  the the works of Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Joel  Sternfeld, Justine Kurland to name a few). Photographer Aaron Huey took this a step further and  trekked across the states by foot. Amazing.