Verlag Volk und Welt, 1980 First edition Softcover, 275 pages, 200 x 240 mm Text in German Condition: Very Good, minor shelf wear. Tanned pages due to age
From 1971 to 1976 Jacob Holdt, a Dane, hitchhiked across more than 100,000 miles of America on only $40. Traveling as a vagabond he lived with some 350 families in forty-eight states. Most of these people were poverty-stricken blacks, Southern migrant workers, and the criminals and destitute of ghettos in the urban North. The reports Holdt sent his parents at the outset of his trip sounded so unbelievable that they sent him a camera. Then by selling his blood plasma twice a week at blood banks, Holdt was able to afford film.
The outcome of this remarkable journey was 15,000 pictures. Amerikanische Bilder [American Pictures], written at the journey's end, contains some 700 of these photographs and has been a runaway bestseller ever since. This illustrated odyssey is a forceful reminder that the poverty and inhumane living conditions continue to exist. Yet, the warmth and hospitality of the American people enabled Jacob Holdt to come away from his experiences clearly loving the country.
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