Flag International is a series of environmental portraits of the international community posing with the American flag. The portraits are accompanied by the subjects' hand-written statements reflecting their current views of America. English translations are provided.
From 1995 to 2000 Lauri Lyons traveled across the United States photographing
and interviewing people with the American flag. During the summer of 2007 Lyons embarked on a trip to Europe to document how the international community views the United States in the 21st Century. With the American flag, she traveled throughout Ireland, England, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain via the rail
For Flag International each of the subjects were approached on the street and handed a sketchbook to write their views of America, afterwards they were given the American flag and proceeded to pose whichever way they felt comfortable. The intention of the Flag International series is to inspire a dialogue about cultural understanding within a global framework. Cultural understanding is not only how a people or a nation views itself, but also how the world views you.
'Flag International' Pod Cast: http://www.laurilyons.com/flag_international
Lauri Lyons previous book is Flag: An American Story (2001).
Standard Portrait 8x10 inches (20x25 cm) 136 pages
Lauri Lyons was born in the Bronx, New York. She earned a BFA for Media Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1993. From 1993 to 1998, Lyons worked as a Photo Editor and for Magnum Photos, The Source, B.E.T, and Essence magazine. During that time she also worked as a photo assistant for Magnum photographers Bruce Davidson and David Alan Harvey. Lauri Lyons has photographed essays in Brazil, Europe, Mexico, West Africa, and the United States. In 2003 Lauri Lyons became the first Black woman to shoot the cover of Fortune magazine. She also became the first Black female photographer to be signed to Getty Images in 2006. Lauri Lyons has served as a faculty member for the International Center of Photography and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her exhibition resume includes The Brooklyn Museum of Art and The Museum of Civil Rights. Flag: An American Story is her first published monograph (2001). Flag International is her most recent book and film (2008).