i was introduced to jacob thru my wife pia poulsen a few years ago when i came to denmark. pia travelled with jacob to new york some years ago visiting his old friends from the ' american pictures'. i would strongly recommend you to read the book 'american pictures' which unfold many untold stories about the people in america. i told my american friend about the book and when he saw it, he said to me that he had to be out of the usa to know more about what is going on in his own country. i felt the same because i never heard or seen any pictures of the hard core poor black and white americans when i was in the usa back in the late 80s. and those were considered to be the better days in the states than it is now.
jacob holdt-digital print-2009
Arriving in America with only $40 for a short visit, a young Dane, Jacob Holdt ended up staying over five years, hitchhiking more than 100,000 miles throughout the USA.
He sold blood plasma twice weekly to be able to buy film. He lived in more than 400 homes - from the poorest migrant workers to America's wealthiest families such as the Rockefellers. They not only gave him a hospitality and warmth, but their continuing friendship to this day.
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