Espen Rasmussen

Youngstown, Ohio, USA

A youth playing basketball shows his tattoos, including 'Self Made' on his hands. Youngstown is in the Rust Belt and was a centre of steel production. It was forced to redefine itself when the U.S. steel industry fell into decline in the 1970s, leaving communities throughout the region without major industries. Since 1960 the city has experienced a decline of over 60% in its population. 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
City
Youngstown, Ohio
Country
USA
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Not available in Scandinavia
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5000 x 3333 pixels
42.33 x 28.22 cm (300 dpi)
16.67 x 11.11 inch (300 dpi)
2.1 MB size on disk
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