Tish Lampert

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Location: Los Angeles
Nationality: American
Biography: TISH LAMPERT   BIO: TISH LAMPERT www.tishlampert.org TISH  LAMPERT Photojournalist, Writer & Host of “America Speaks Podcast”  Author of  We Protest: Protecting The America We Believe In  (Rizzoli, March.... read on
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I have focused my lens on activism since the early seventies, documenting significant events related to human rights, civil liberties and conflict. Today, the momentum that compels people to rise up continues to define my work. I take photographs that challenge us to think about how we mobilize, and to what end social action affects the political outcome.

Over the past seventeen years, I have traveled across the U.S. with my camera taking the pulse of the nation. On the trail I had wild encounters, unexpected adventures, and was roused by both courageous activists as well as the angry fringe. 

My goal is to create a documentary photographic collection that has followed dissent chronologically, as the culture of protest has escalated. My perspective concentrates on the three components I experience with every demonstration: the prominent speakers consisting of legendary activists and political figures, the crowd that is assembled, and the hierarchical levels of crowd control. I chose to document this work in black and white, as well as color 35 mm film, and digital. This project is ongoing as the  political climate remains in chaos.

This collection of photographs is a visual documentary of our nation’s contemporary historic milestones, and reminds us where we’ve been, who we are, and brings into focus our changing democracy, framing this history through the power of the printed image. As I continue this project there is no shortage of discontent. Hard earned rights that Americans have taken for granted for generations are being overturned and diminished. It is my goal with this collection to engage the viewer, to feel the same outrage and compassion that I have experienced on the street. Those who have defended our rights for generations through protest continue to inspire me. Time and time again they find the energy to get back out there and motivate the first timers. And the question remains. What do we take away from these demonstrations? 

Beyond the composition of the aggregate crowd shot, my intent has always been to portray the individual narrative, to follow those I have met on the trail, and capture the faces that leave us curious about their story. I continue to look for that iconic moment that we will remember as we look at the participation in activism, from year to year, to reflect on this history and perhaps identify our personal journey in relationship to these photographs. 








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City of Angels Under Isolation and Readying for the Seige

By Tish Lampert — As Los Angeles shuttered and everyone sheltered in place, emptiness collided with the raw and severe life..
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These Are Times Like No Other- Consider My Book -A Reflection of US

By Tish Lampert — David Shipler reading the foreword he wrote for my book -just released :We Protest Fighting For What We..
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The Children Now In Limbo In Tijuana

By Tish Lampert — What has happened to the migrant children who have been denied asylum in the U.S.? The children who were..
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THREE MINUTES ALLOWED

By Tish Lampert / US/Mexican border :San Diego /Tijuna — THREE MINUTES ALLOWED "While some want to build more walls, Border Angels, opens doors. Love has no..
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Final Resting Place

By Tish Lampert — Terrace Park Cemetery, Holtville California is home to the burial ground where over 600 migrants are laid..
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WE ARE BECOMING WHAT WE HATE

By tish lampert — “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, and Your Hungry”. What does this mean today, in Trump's new paradigm of..
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SUB - SAHARA

By tish lampert — I was in the DRC as the country was climbing  out of the horrific long time proxy war. Josheph Kabilla..
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WATER-THE DRIVING FORCE IN NATURE

By tish lampert — WATER-THE DRIVING FORCE IN NATURE The magnificence of the North Pacific is mostly  unspoiled ..
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To Fly With The Eagle

By tish lampert — In the US today, almost a million people take to the slopes every winter and spring, planning each holiday..
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ROOM WITH A VIEW - DAY/ NIGHT

By tish lampert — On vacation, one summer morning, I was in a boutique hotel having coffee and enjoying the view from my..
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OUR LIVES MATTER

By tish lampert — In 2000 I set out to look for America, because the country felt so divided after the presidential election...
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America Speaks

By tish lampert — I have focused my lens on activism since 1967 when I first picked up my camera and marched for civil..
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WOMEN OUR 51 % MINORITY

By tish lampert — WOMEN WILL NOT BE SILENCED During the past year I have traveled across America, as the contentious campaign..
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MUGARUKA, WARRIOR GORILLA SURVIVING THE DRC

By tish lampert / Kahuzi Biega, Democratic Republic of Congo — MUGARUKA, WARRIOR GORILLA SURVIVING THE DRC My journey into the Kahuzi Biega Reserve led me through war..
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