Hardcover with dust jacket, 192 pages, 25 x 21 cm.
In the early 70s, Danish artist Jacob Holdt planned to travel quickly across the United States to South America. But, totally shocked and fascinated by what he discovered, he ended up staying five years. His family could scarcely believe the letters he sent them detailing the poverty he saw, so his father sent him a cheap amateur camera in order that Holdt could send home proof of his claims. Living as a vagabond, financing himself by selling his blood twice a week, he depicted an incredible and unique portrait of America and its underclass. He moved from place to place, coming into contact with people of all reaches. He ended up staying in more than 350 homes where he photographed the people he lived with, taking part in their lives: poor blacks from the ghettos, millionaires, junkies, members of the Ku Klux Klan. His amateur-like color photographs, especially those from the southern states, capture the poverty and exploitation of African Americans, and racism among the white population. Holdt was not interested in photography as an art, but as one of many ways to inform about racism and injustice.