B L I N D E R S

Essay and photographs from 1991
by Peter Cunningham


When the Berlin Wall fell, the hopes of the world began to rise. I began to wonder how societies which had been under strict authoritarian rule might now reshape themselves.

In the East, people's vision was brutally restrained through the imposition of ideological belief and physical fear which aaimed to function like blinders on a horse to channel people's energies into socially desirable activities.

In the West, these steering mechanisms are more difficult to identify. What are they?

These "blinders for humans" are what I set out to photograph.


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