60 from the 60s
While visiting the George Eastman House I noticed this picture immediately because unlike many of the other images, it contained text. The text it displayed was also really interesting because I felt it was a very bold move on the mans behalf to wear a sign like this in public. Thinking back to the article Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture by Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright, I thought about the description of the Rodney King case. For those unfamiliar with the case, a man caught the excessive police brutality against Rodney King on video. Falling back to the original point, a line in the article “raw documentation does not tell us the whole story” described this image really well. While viewing the image I didn’t understand the context in which the image was taken. What was the point he was trying to make behind do this? I felt as if this image could be understood in numerous ways based on the context it was placed in. This is similar to the Rodney King case because although the evidence showed excessive police brutality, the police quickly turned it around by slowing the video down at certain points and even pausing it to make it seem as if Mr. King was in control of the situation. So in conclusion this man may have been making a trying to make a point by wearing the sign in public or he may have been simply just having fun, and in the end the context in which the image is placed in would decide how it viewed by others.