Photographer Interviews

Hank Willis Thomas on Truth, Lies and Advertising

September 7, 2012

By David Walker

© Hank Willis Thomas/Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery

"Branded Head, 2003" from Hank Willis Thomas's "Branded" series. To see more of his work, click on the Photo Gallery link below.

Among the provocative works by visual artist Hank Willis Thomas is his image of mourners at the funeral for his cousin, who was murdered during a robbery outside a Philadelphia nightclub in 2000. Thomas turned the photograph into a critique of the MasterCard “Priceless” campaign. The scene is heartbreaking, with text that takes the campaign to an outrageous extreme by...

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