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Jacob Holdt’s America: Faith, Hope and Love

Geoff Dyer introduces this survey of Jacob Holdt’s photographs of America in the 1970s.

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Jacob Holdt's America: Faith, Hope and Love - Geoff Dyer Foreword

Danish photographer Jacob Holdt is internationally revered for his vision of America, as portrayed in classic volumes like American Pictures and United States 1970-1975. It is a vision which has inspired many, both in its extremity (the director Lars von Trier is reputedly a fan) and in its tenacity. Holdt arrived in the US in the early 70s with almost no money, and hitchhiked all over the US, earning a living by selling blood, and proceeded to build an amazing portrait of the margins of America over the course of his 100,000-mile journey.

This monograph, with an introduction by Geoff Dyer, continues Holdt’s fascination with American society, with a portfolio of photographs from the 70s to the present. Holdt’s photographs document the social realities of the people he travels with, spanning the demographic from poor families to millionaires, junkies and even members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Published: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2010

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From “one of our most original writers” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes an expansive and exacting book—firmly grounded, but elegant, witty, and always inquisitive—about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves.

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Forewords & Afterwords

Geoff Dyer introduces this survey of Jacob Holdt’s photographs of America in the 1970s.

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As Editor

When William Gedney died in 1989 at the age of 56 he was little known except to a few colleagues and curators. This book, co-edited by Geoff Dyer, reveals Gedney’s remarkable photographs as well as writings by him.

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