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Pop-Culture Americana: Photography by Ted Diamond

A photo of an American flag sign in front of a motel in KentuckyRte 75 N Kentucky


Ted Diamond is a photographer with a special affinity for pop-culture Americana. The artist has been working on a series of photos of the American flag, documenting the wide variety of contexts and locations in which it appears.


A photo of a loveseat upholstered with the American flagLas Vegas

The photographer’s American Flag series is a fascinating look at the many manifestations of American patriotism. The amount of diversity in the way the flag is presented and contextualized is almost overwhelming. Some of Ted’s photographs depict the flag in a welcoming, well cared-for light while in other locations it seem almost decrepit, peeling or fading off the side of a building or painted in the window of an apparently abandoned shop. Ted’s photography style is objective and documentary, allowing the viewer to draw their own conclusions.


A screen capture of the midwest landscape gallery on Ted Diamond's websiteTed's collection of Midwest Landscapes

Ted’s other photographic series seem complementary, showing landscapes across the United States with a similar documentarian eye. His black and white photos of expanses of land in the Midwest are as beautiful as they are isolating. 


A photo of a barren field in Towanda, IllinoisTowanda, IL, 2014

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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