The Bear Portrait Series

Culture Revolution

“The Bear Portraits series began in 1984 when my seven year old son Bear and I were walking down Queen Street in Toronto. I noticed some graffiti on a brick wall we had just walked by, and decided to take a photograph of Bear in front of it. The baseball cap Bear is wearing has a reproduction of Edward Curtis’s portrait of Two Moons, a respected Cheyenne leader who fought and defeated Custer at the battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25th, 1876. I was struck by the confluence of the image on the hat and the graffiti on the wall behind Bear–“Culture Revolution”.”


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