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
with with James Estrin for NYTimes Lens blog.
Aaron is raising money for his Pine Ridge Billboard Project
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.