Faith, Hope and Love
Photographs by Jacob Holdt. Edited by Michael J. Holm. Text by Mette
Markus, Poul Erik Tojner, Erik Steffensen.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2009. 192 pp., Color illustrations throughout, 8½x11¼".
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 U.S. in the early
70s with almost no money, and hitchhiked all
over the U.S., 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 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.