In Canada we liken it to Boxing Day, though in reality Boxing Day is hardly as desperate. Black Friday, the American cultural tradition of seeking increadible deals the day after Thanksgiving, has become increasingly eerie and astonishing each year.
A photojournalism project by the name of Picture Black Friday, is aiming to “revisit and analyze a combination of forces – a worsening economy, financial desperation, excitement, fear…” through an open call to photographers for pictures of Black Friday. In short, the project shares a nation’s images of a ‘holiday’ most indicative of a consumerist culture gone awry.
The site, a simple black background, currently displays 23 photos from the inagural 2009 Picture Black Friday. Photos of shoppers waiting overnight in the dark, shoppers walking through shops looking exhausted or desperate, security guards at the ready to prevent any human stampedes.
Seven jurors chose Sandy Carson’s eerie photo (above) last year. Submissions are now being accepted for 2010.