This is a story of an ongoing journey, visiting intimately an underground world where the lines between the police and the people they are en forcing are blurred into one. During a ten year investigation embedded into the police force of Newark , New Jersey, Artist Matt Gunther gained access to a system where the means of enforcement are as archaic as the very nature that simply enforcing will solve the problems. If you believe in karma, or are willing to entertain it as a metaphor, you might think of the collective of humanity and the human microcosm of police officers, suspects, and victims so vividly shown in Probable Cause in the way that the Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg describes it: In this inc onceivably immense reality, we have all wandered forever… Through this timelessness we have all done everything, every one of us: we have loved, hated, feared, killed, raped, stolen, given, served, loved…. We are all one anothers parents, children, frie nds, lovers, and enemies, over and over again.
The Big Bang was published in 2008 by Penguin Publishing. A commissioned project.
Matt Gunther Images for the sexual revolution.
“Playboy’s body with the New Yorker’s brain”.
The collectors guide to new art PHOTOGRAPHY vol.2. Images from Probable Cause. Group show at the Chelsea Arts, 2011.