American Mirror


American Mirror is a portrait of American volatility— a view of a nation in flux, torn between its future and its past. The Ferguson unrest, in 2014, served as a flashpoint not only for the photographer’s understanding of his home country but for America itself. The sense of optimism and progress that had been reflected in the election of the first black president had given way to something else—a fractured, churning, conflicted state. The subjects of Montgomery’s images are everyday Americans caught between moments of grief, crisis, anger, euphoria, fear, and relief. While working in the tradition of documentary photography, Montgomery’s approach is markedly more cinematic, capturing in sharp relief a nation frozen like a film still—a tragedy unfolding without end…

curator        Anne-Marie BECKMANN
partners      Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Fotohaus