Brothers & Others

Personal work by Alexander Coggin

“Brothers & Others is an ongoing personal series capturing the sets, costumes, character and visual theatricalities of my husband Michael’s affluent American family in their annual summer vacation-land,” says Coggin.

From Brothers & Others by Alexander Coggin

“Finding my role in his large midwestern family has been a challenge, and observing from behind my camera has helped me understand their dynamics and my role within their complex familial structure,” he says.

From Brothers & Others by Alexander Coggin

Most of the images were shot in the Crystal Downs Country Club, an affluent golfing community between Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake in Frankfort, Michigan. “It’s a culture fixed in white hetero-normativity, with social expectations like dress codes and cocktail hours and the continual performance of leisure. By showing the soft moments, the moments of error, bizarreness, even compassion, I’m showing a softer belly of a privilege that is often an easy target for parody.”

From Brothers & Others by Alexander Coggin

Coggin was also featured in one of Gem Fletcher’s Exposure series on photographers in CR’s October/November 2017 issue.

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