Espen Rasmussen

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Allan Hill in the Packard Automotive Plant, a former automobile manufacturing factory in Detroit, where luxury Packard cars were made by the Packard Motor Car Company and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation. The 3,500,000 sq ft (325,000 m2) building was opened in 1903 and closed in 1958. Hill lives in the abandoned plant with his two dogs. He has been living in the ruin for several years, with no running water or electricity. He claims to be in charge of looking after the enormous ruin.
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
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Detroit, Michigan
Country
USA
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5000 x 3333 pixels
42.33 x 28.22 cm (300 dpi)
16.67 x 11.11 inch (300 dpi)
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