MCPW had the pleasure of guiding Espen Rasmussen (photographer) and Roy Freddy Andersen (journalist) at their stop in Detroit as they travel from Chicago to New York by car. They are creating a modern multimedia project called Hard.Land
A journey through 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 wage – and those who have lost benefits and had a cut in their salaries.
World Press Photo Award photographer Espen Rasmussen and former U.S. Correspondent Roy Freddy Andersen – will March and April 2014 travel from Chicago to New York by car to meet regular people and to see and tell about the consequences of globalization, robotisation and growing inequality in the U.S. Tens of millions of good paid blue collar and industry jobs are replaced with low income service jobs – or none jobs at all. The result is that the once flourishing middle class is shrinking and many are falling into poverty with few chances to climb up on the social ladder again.
One stop was at the Packard Automotive Plant. Here they had an exclusive interview with Allan Hill the last known grounds keeper. Allan enjoyed showing us around his place and sharing many memories of the neighborhood and people that used to live there.
They will be touring Detroit with MCPW all weekend getting footage for their project
You can follow their project here HARD.LAND