The court proceedings of The People vs O.J. Simpson electrified the nation, and has since been described at the most publicized criminal trial in American history. The details were primetime news every day, and while coverage transcended race, creed, and locality, often opinions were fierce and divisive. The country, and often the world, stood enraptured while testimony was taken, arguments were laid, and the jury deliberated. The twelve citizens who sat on that jury were to represent O.J.’s peers, the wide American public, and only their 12 voices counted. But while the trial waged on Gregg Segal gave voice to ever more citizens who sounded off.
In the spring of 1995 Gregg travelled around Los Angeles with his camera, a whiteboard, and markers, asking city dwellers their thoughts on O.J., the trial, and what happened that night that Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman lost their lives. What Gregg found is a collection of faces, experiences, and opinions that speaks to the fabric of America and the events that pull our collective attention. A trio of Sihks express faith in democracy, a man laments that trail coverage gets in the way of his daily Soap Operas, and more than one of Gregg’s subjects mull on the potential of divine intervention.
Documentary photography is meant to offer a glimpse into moments and a realistic representation of people at a particular moment. By offering us the inner thoughts of his subjects, we do not get to read his photographs with our own experience, instead he distills these real moments and offers a look at a frozen moment that is as unique as it is familiar to who we are now.
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