Jacob Holdt

Slide-Installation in 4 parts with totalling 360 pictures
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur
Inv. no. 2008-028-080
© Jacob Holdt

Jacob Holdt
b. 1947 (Copenhagen, DK), lives and works in Copenhagen, DK

Referring to himself as a vagabond, Danish artist Jacob Holdt hitchhiked throughout the United States from 1970 to 1975. Financing himself by selling his blood, he moved from place to place, coming into contact with people of all reaches. Invited into their homes, he remained for various stretches of time, taking part in their lives. His amateur-like color photographs, especially those from the southern states, capture the poverty and exploitation of African Americans, and racism among the white population. Holdt’s riveting images draw us into the action, compelling us to not look away. Similar to his compatriot Jacob Riis, who exposed the misery of New York slums in 1890, Holdt continues to confront us with social malaise in his compelling slide shows