Jim Budman

Life American Style, 1997

Jim Budman (Canadian), Life American Style, 1997, photograph on vellum, 69.5 x 36 in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 1998.5.

"I saw a bus shelter with an advertisement where three models were toasting the good life, with a caption that read 'Life American Style.' I looked down to see the advertiser and noticed a homeless person in a sleeping bag covered the name. How ironic that this real life image captured life American style, and that there is such a fine line between the extremes. I stepped back, took two shots, and captured this real piece of life."—Jim Budman