Sometimes it’s hard to come up with a theme for our blog, and sometimes a theme just arises out of the blue. It’s funny but at the moment when the shutter clicked on this photo the thought of masks as a blog theme immediately came to mind. This kid could well have stepped out of a Diane Arbus or a Weegee photo….. that is if either of them had shot color and digital.
We didn’t realize until now that we have so many photos of masked people. In this case a good old-fashioned gas mask, circa the cold war period, serves as a prop for protesting against the alleged defiling of the environment by corporate interests. Sounds like BP or any number of contemporary events. However, this one is from 1990 so things never seem to change.
This is a famous mask. It’s been lighting up various marquees on Broadway for 25 years and is the longest running musical on Broadway.
From Broadway musicals to Cinco de Mayo. Every year Central Park West fills with music and dancing at the Cinco de Mayo parade and every year Mexican folk dancers in masks, costumes and carrying faux rifles dance down the street in a musical reenactment of the Battle of Puebla in 1862 where the Mexican forces were victorious over the French. Another musical like Phantom of the Opera.
Finally, we’ve just come back from photographing the masked protesters of Sherwood Forest outside of JPMorgan Chase headquarters. The demonstrators donned masks and jaunty medieval England type hats to protest for a “Robin Hood Tax” (aka a Financial Speculation Tax or a Financial Transaction Tax). The analogy of Robin Hood might not be the best since he stole from the rich to give to the poor….. this is more like taxing the rich and giving to the poor, or at least raising cash for public services.
Richard Levine and Frances Roberts, of Levine Roberts Photography, are a husband and wife team of photographers covering politics, environmental issues, the economy, business, and social and cultural issues in the Big Apple. See more photos from their collection on Newscom.
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