Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The slow death of the dream

Photographer Niko J. Kallianiotis describes his series America In A Trance as "an ongoing observation of the fading American dream so typified in the northeastern Pennsylvania landscape but widespread across the United States". This is smalltown America left to decay slowly, rather than self-combust or dramatically collapse like Detroit.

As the BBC's Tom Geoghegan recently noted when reporting on the revival of some American towns, Kallianiotis' images of tatty houses, boarded-up shops and solitary figures shuffling along scruffy streets serve as "a sharp reminder that the recovery is leaving many behind".

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