The New York-based photographer Olivia Locher became interested in peculiar laws when a friend mentioned that it is illegal to have an ice-cream cone in your back pocket in Alabama. “For some reason that idea haunted my thoughts for several months,” she says. Locher began to research more of these laws, and decided to recreate them for a new project. “They were all very visually appealing and I knew I wanted to photograph them.” Her book I Fought the Law (Chronicle Books, £12.99) is a collection of 50 images – one representing each US state. “I Fought the Law is not a place to look for cut-and-dried facts,” says Locher, “but hopefully it can open up people’s minds to larger issues.”

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