Greta Pratt’s “Wavers” at Blue Sky

Photography professor Greta Pratt‘s solo exhibition The Wavers is currently on display at the Blue Sky Gallery of the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts in Portland, Oregon. The exhibition features color portrait of Liberty Tax Service “wavers.” The company employs day-laborers to┬ádress in Statue of Liberty costumes as a way to advertise the company’s offerings. The costumed workers position themselves on busy street corners where they wave and often dance in an effort to entice the public into the nearby tax offices. For each image, she asks the “waver” to adopt a pose that reflects their individual identity, not their status as an employed Statue of Liberty look-a-like. Pratt took every photograph on the spot where the person is working, with the urban landscape as their backdrop.

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