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“The Good Citizen” by Photographer Benjamin Rasmussen

Ambitious and beautifully executed, “The Good Citizen” (GOST, fall 2022) is the forthcoming photobook combining photojournalism by Benjamin Rasmussen, archival imagery, primary source texts, and essays by renowned legal scholar Frank Wu. Taking an honest look at American history, the project poses bold and open-ended questions exploring the ways in which the past continues to haunt the present.

The Good Citizen does not pretend to provide answers,” Rasmussen writes. “This is not a polemic, a textbook or a political tract. Rather, it is a series of images and essays that seek to provoke thought and conversation around the complicated nature of American identity.”

Benjamin Rasmussen is currently raising money for publication with a Kickstarter campaign. Check it out and donate here, and see more images from “The Good Citizen” below!

Baian Taleb, Miss Arab USA
Personal effects found on the unidentified remains of someone who died crossing the southern border
Thirty six of the over 330 decedents of Tom White Shirt
Eleven-year-old Ashlynne Mike’s last view before being murdered
Memorial mural reading, “Ashlynne M., Forever In Our Hearts”
Aviation Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Jim Doyle, United States Navy, Retired. Served in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese bombing
Marchers protest the lynching of four African American’s at
Moore’s Ford Bridge in Walton County, Georgia
Community members reenact the Moore’s Ford Lynching to create pressure for the case to be reopened
Chiloh Whiteshirt, the great, great, great, great, great grandson of Tom White Shirt, a young boy who survived the Sand Creek Massacre
Bald eagle before being broken down into parts to be ordered for religious ceremonies by various tribes
Abandoned gallon water jug #1-5
President Donald Trump enters his private living room
Gboea Flumo, Miss Liberia US 2016
A makeshift mosque in a Somali apartment complex targeted by white nationalists for the day after Trump’s election
Dontey Carter, Ferguson, Missouri

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