Espen Rasmussen

USA, West Virginia, Mullans, USA

A conveyer belt carries coal from deep within a coal mine. The 32 miners work eight hour shifts but the working conditions are tough. They breath in dust while crawling through the low tunnels, many end up with disabilities. 'Working in the coal mine is a life style. If you manage, you earn good money. But ufortunately, a lot of the mines have closed, so there is a huge lack of jobs in the area', says owner Kevin Calloway.Hard.Landis a journey through rust belt and blue collar America to meet the people struggling to keep the 'American Dream' alive: middle class people, the unemployed, the new poor, the workers on low or minimum wages and those who have had their benefits cut. Photographer Espen Rasmussen and journalist Roy Freddy Andersen travelled from Chicago to Detroit and on to Youngstown (OH), Beckley (WV), Williamsport (PA), ending their trip in New York. Their journey focuses on regular people and the consequences of globalisation, mechanisation and the growing gap between rich and poor in the US. The decline of many industries such as car building in Detroit and mining in West Virginia have brought about a shift for millions of workers into low paid service jobs which is changing the social fabric of many parts of the US.

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Espen Rasmussen
USA, West Virginia, Mullans
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