The Centurion

Premiere DateOct 27, 2015
00:00 Brian Ulrich
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01:46 Consumerism for the One Percent
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06:27 The Centurion
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09:08 Window Displays
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12:10 Liberty Eye
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13:29 Exotic Wealth
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15:38 Ricardo and Jeanne
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19:18 Appearance
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21:31 Castles
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25:10 Bunkers
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26:39 Zeitgeist
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29:45 Golden Sledgehammer
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33:44 Finish
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Brian Ulrich, Cole Haan, Chicago, IL, 2013

Photographer Brian Ulrich has spent the last 15 years photographing the landscape of American consumerism. After 9/11, when the Bush administration encouraged all of us to go shopping, Brian travelled the country making images of big box chains, thrift stores, and later, the abandoned shopping complexes that started popping up as the economy slid into the Great Recession.

For his new body of work called The Centurion, Brian turned his lens on the visual landscape of wealth in America. He photographed store displays at places like Barney’s and Cole Haan,  people on the streets of Beverly Hills, and suburban architecture designed to resemble castles. His surreal and sometimes humorous photographs invite us to contemplate our own consumerist desires and how luxury and wealth relate to the ways we present ourselves to the world.

The Centurion opens this Saturday at the Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York and runs through February 14th, 2016.

Brian Ulrich, Ricardo & Jeanne, Beverly Hills, CA, 2015

Brian Ulrich, Uhuberg Castle, Helen, GA, 2014

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