Espen Rasmussen

Detroit, Michigan, USA

The interior of the once famous Kronk Gym in the basement of the oldest recreation centre in the city which opened shortly after World War I and closed in 2006. Today it is a ruin. The Kronk Gym was run by legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward and among the many world champions he trained were Thomas 'The Hitman' Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko.
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
Detroit, Michigan
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