In my latest photo series, The Bully Pulpit, I investigate the social phenomenon of cyberbullying through the public profiles of people who attempt to bully me. For years, people have been hiding behind their computer screens to bully others to the point where writing caustic comments is common and celebrated. These cowards use the internet to bully those they find weaker than themselves.
I photograph myself costumed like the people who’ve attempted to bully me. Finding photos online, I recreated their images using wigs, clothing, and simple prosthetics, while small imperfections mirror the fallacy that the internet will shield their identities. Finally, I overlay the parodies with transcripts of the bullying comments, almost as if I were “subtweeting” them.
My inspiration for The Bully Pulpit was the countless number of people who wrote mean-spirited comments about me in emails, tweets, Instagram posts, blogs and online comments sections when Wait Watchers was published online and went viral. But instead of responding individually to “deaf ears,” I realise that I can parody the bullies attempts by creating images and publishing them on the internet —the same vehicle used for their attacks—and the images would be seen by millions, and would live again, again, and again.
Part performer, part artist, part provocateur, part spectator, Haley Morris-Cafiero explores the act of reflection in her photography. Morris-Cafiero’s photographs have been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, and have been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines and online including Le Monde, New York Magazine and Salon. Born in Atlanta, she is a graduate of the University of North Florida, where she earned a BA in Photography and a BFA in Ceramics in 1999. Nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2014 and a 2016 Fulbright finalist, Morris-Cafiero holds a MFA from the University of Arizona in Art. The Magenta Foundation published her monograph, The Watchers, in 2015. Morris-Cafiero is a photography lecturer at Ulster University and lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“Fall Line Press is very excited to support bringing to a wider audience Haley’s brilliant riposte to the bullies of the world at this important time in the evolution of our social media and even our society. We’re not alone in finding this work compelling as the project has already received important attention in The New York Times, the British Journal of Photography, Unseen Platform and in many other venues. Please help us support this important, smart, funny push back to this “be best” world we find ourselves in today.” William Boling, Publisher, Fall Line Press
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The Bully Pulpit: The Book Details
- The book will feature approximately 25 colour plates and an essay by Emma Lewis, Assistant Curator at the Tate Modern
- The book will be a hardcover, fine art photography book in a large trim size of 9" x 12" and will be approximately 52 pages.
- It will also feature high-end printing on archival paper with varnish on all photographs.
- The case will be covered in a fine weave linen cloth with foil stamping.
- The Edition will be 750.
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