Jacob Holdt: United States 1970-1975

Jacob Holdt: United States 1970-1975

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Jacob Holdt: United States 1970-1975 by Jacob Holdt, Christoph Ribbat

In the early 1970s, Jacob Holdt left his native Denmark and arrived in the U.S. with 40 dollars in his pocket. He meant to zip through the country on his way to South America, but he was so shocked and fascinated by what he saw here that he decided to stay a while. When his family was skeptical about the poverty he described in letters home, his father shipped over a cheap amateur camera, asking for proof, and Holdt began to create this portrait of America and its underclass. In the end, he spent five years as a vagabond, selling his blood twice a week and hitch-hiking over 100,000 miles. He befriended whoever offered him a ride, and a ride frequently became an offer to stay a few days. He never said no, and in the end visited more than 350 homes, where he photographed the people he lived with: poor families, millionaires, junkies, members of the Ku Klux Klan. His images echo the work of the WPA, and have inspired Lars Van Trier among others. More recently, Holdt, who was born 1947 in Copenhagen, has been working in third-world countries, documenting the lives of those in poverty there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783865213938
Publisher: Steidl & Folkwang Museum, Essen
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jacob Holdt, born in 1947 in Copenhagen, Denmark, arrived in America in the 1970s, and spent several years hitchhiking across the country. Since 1991, he has worked as a volunteer for CARE in several third-world countries. He has continued to document the lives of those in poverty while working for CARE. His most recent projects have also focused on white supremacist hate groups. Holdt spent time living with leaders of the Ku Klux Klan and photographing their daily lives.

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