Espen Rasmussen

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Ronnie Bowlson (58) pushes a scavenged barrel past the ruins of the former Packard Automotive Plant, once a factory where once luxury Packards were made by the Packard Motor Car Company and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation. The 3,500,000-square-foot (325,000 m2) building was opened in 1903 and closed in 1958. Since its abandonment, the plant has been a haven for graffiti artists, urban explorers, paintballers and auto scrappers, and much of the wiring and other building material has been scavenged. Hard.Landis a journey through rust belt and blue collar America to meet the people struggling to keep the 'American Dream' alive: the middle class, 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 ordinary people and the consequences of globalisation, mechanisation and the growing gap between rich and poor in the US. The decline of 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
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)
4.1 MB size on disk
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