“Faded Glory” presents metaphorical photographs that reflect the many issues integral now to American society, with a gradual decline in its exceptionalism. In their subtlety and pervasiveness, these images serve as a call to awareness and action, not to rebuild an empire or recover world power supremacy but to build a better, stronger, and more enduring democracy for all of its citizens.
Photographs and text by Julian Fisher. Exhibit design by Dennis Grady.
Julian Fisher studied with Walker Evans as part of his American Studies major at Yale, photographed for the Yale Daily News, and freelanced while at Yale and after for the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Life, and The Atlantic.
He pursued a medical degree at Johns Hopkins, becoming a pediatrician and neurologist on the Harvard medical faculty. He returned to photojournalism to produce the projects “Trapped in the Middle: The Effect of Income Inequality on the Middle Class in America” (2014-2016) and “Faded Glory: The Decline of American Exceptionalism” (2020-2022). The projects have toured nationwide to major higher educational institutions, serving as the centerpiece for coursework, panel discussions, and student projects.
He lives and works in Brookline, MA.