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Worth a look: Joakim Eskildsen’s “Below the Line: Portraits of American Poverty”

Joakim Eskildsen - Below the Line - Time

Joakim Eskildsen - Below the Line - Time

This is one of my favorite series in a long time. Joakim Eskildsen traveled to New York, California, Louisiana, South Dakota and Georgia over seven months for Time magazine to photograph the growth in poverty in America. According to Time, more Americans live below the poverty line that at any time since the Census Bureau began collecting such data. Eskilden’s work here illustrates the striking diversity of Americans now living below poverty, showing the viewer how wide our continuing economic crisis has spread. The portraits are moving and emotive, portraying both the severity of the subjects’ situations and their underlying humanity.

I wasn’t well acquainted with Eskildsen’s work before, and ending up spending a while looking through his website. His book The Roma Journeys is available through Amazon; some of the pictures can be seen on his website.

Jared Soares – Martinsville, Virginia

Jared Soares wrote in with a link to his most recent project, a deep look into the socioeconomics of Martinsville, Virginia. It’s a sensitive, intimate look at the transformation of a town from being a manufacturing powerhouse to a dwindling population with 20% unemployment. You can see more of the work on his website. Here’s what Jared had to say about the project:

“Last fall I left my newspaper job. I started a project about Martinsville, Virginia- a city that was once dubbed the Sweatshirt Capital of the world because of the amount of nylon it produced. Furniture factories and textile plants from companies such as Dupont and American Furniture were prevalent in Martinsville and the surrounding area. Fair trade agreements such as NAFTA and a shifting global economy made textile and furniture industries economically unsustainable. In the 1990s, Dupont and other companies laid off thousands of workers and closed plants. Crime rates began to rise as plants where closed or relocated to neighboring states or overseas. The recent economic downturn has also crippled the city of 15,000 even more, resulting in a 20 percent unemployment, which is double the state and national rate.

“With this project I’m planning to look at a few themes including identity and youth. I want to convey the challenge that this city has in attempting to rebrand itself- it was once a proud factory city but now it’s at a cross roads and waiting for help so it can stimulate a rebirth. Also, with regard to youth, I’m examining how this generation is dealing with idea that Martinsville is seen as a depressed place- many of them were too young to remember Martinsville as an industrious place. They only know it as a trap or a place that they would one day like to leave.”

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Worth a look: Inside Magazine

Inside magazine - Inside Poverty

Inside magazine - Inside Poverty

Inside Magazine has just launched, and it looks great. Sponsored by SlovakAid and Magna: Children at Risk, the project brings together photography, essays, comics, and other coverage to address a single topic with each issue. The first issue covers poverty with incredible depth. Subscription is, incredibly, free, though you must cover the cost of shipping.

(via Peter Hoffman)

Upcoming: Amongst the Poor by Gary Knight

From Amongst the Poor by Gary Knight

From Amongst the Poor by Gary Knight

Dispatches (which I’ve never held in my hands, but which I know in print has to be even better than the incomparable essays and photojournalism on the magazine’s site) never ceases to amaze. Amber, one of the dynamos behind the scenes of the operation, just emailed to let us know about a couple of events coinciding with the release of the 4th issue, “Out of Poverty.” I’m jealous I can’t be there for the talk and also to see the VII offices and gallery, which is a big step up from the tiny 2.5-desk office on the campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology when I was there…

First, Thursday, May 21, at 7p.m. at the VII Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn (28 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201), Gary Knight will present a slideshow and discuss the images published in “Out of Poverty.” The work presented will come from his recent work on poverty in India, which does not disappoint. Members of the public are invited to bring images of poverty on USB devices to print and hang on one wall of the gallery.

The next night, Friday, May 22, at 6:30pm at the VII Gallery, Gary Knight, World Press winner Tim Hetherington, and VII agency director Stephen Mayes, will “discuss war photography and representations of conflict.”

Revisit: The Eagle and the Dragon by Alec Soth

Alec Soth’s work from the US and China from last summer seems downright prescient in hindsight. Time and the New York Times Magazine have been playing catch-up with recent pieces on Cleveland and Detroit. And of course, there’s Anthony Suau’s excellent work from Cleveland, which we’ve recently written about previously, and which just got the Digital Journalist treatment.

And while Soth’s work was created for the Telegraph, the pictures seemed to have vanished from their website, except for a couple of instances. I grabbed the video above, created by the Telegraph, from Exposure Compensation. And a few pictures are available in the Magnum archive.