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Jacob Holdt: United States 1970-1975

Publisher: Göttingen, Germany and Plouha, France: Steidl Verlag and GwinZegal, in association with Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2007
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9783865213938
Condition: Near Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 112374



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Gray cloth-covered boards; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Jacob Holdt. Essay by Christoph Ribbat. Includes a list of plates and a biography. 192 pp., with four-color plates throughout. 10 x 10 inches. Published on the occasion of a traveling exhibition organized by GwinZegal.


Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (bump to lower corner, else Fine).


From the publisher: "In the early 1970s, Jacob Holdt left his native Denmark and arrived in the U.S. with 40 dollars in his pocket. He meant to zip through the country on his way to South America, but he was so shocked and fascinated by what he saw here that he decided to stay a while. When his family was skeptical about the poverty he described in letters home, his father shipped over a cheap amateur camera, asking for proof, and Holdt began to create this portrait of America and its underclass.

In the end, he spent five years as a vagabond, selling his blood twice a week and hitch-hiking over 100,000 miles. He befriended whoever offered him a ride, and a ride frequently became an offer to stay a few days. He never said no, and in the end visited more than 350 homes, where he photographed the people he lived with: poor families, millionaires, junkies, members of the Ku Klux Klan. His images echo the work of the WPA, and have inspired Lars Van Trier among others. More recently, Holdt, who was born 1947 in Copenhagen, has been working in third-world countries, documenting the lives of those in poverty there."