Faith, Hope and Love
2 October 2009 - 7 February 2010
Faith, Hope and Love - Jacob Holdt's America
Louisiana presented a thematic selection of Jacob Holdt's pictures of America and the Americans, spanning four decades from the 1970s to the present. Captured by a man, armed with his camera, social indignation, unique sensitivity and emotional bearing.
“I’ve always said that I’m not a good photographer, but a good vagabond.
For the past 40 years Danish photographer and storyteller Jacob Holdt has documented that the glitz and glamour of the American dream are only part of the picture.
Jacob Holdt has the gift of capturing images that are not easily forgotten or discarded: The girl showing a letter, she has written to her deceased mother. The couple sharing a kiss through prison bars. A family sitting together on a sofa showing off their weapons. Members of the Ku Klux klan sharing a Sunday meal...
Holdt as a storyteller: The personal connection between the story in the picture and the photographer was reinforced by a mobile phone-based presentation in the exhibition. Each viewer could use his or her mobile phone to hear Holdt himself tell the story behind a number of the pictures exhibited.
Faith, Hope and Love - Jacob Holdt’s America
Interview with Jacob Holdt by Mette Marcus, curator of the exhibition, essays by Sandra Ruffin, Erik Steffensen and Geoff Dyer as well as excerpts from Susan Sontag’s book Regarding the Pain of Others. The catalogue features some 150 pictures from the 1970s up to the present, including photographs from Holdt’s latest journey to America in 2009.
Danish/English version, 144 pages, published by Louisiana 2009, DKK 198 / members DKK 148.
With support from
KNUD HØJGAARDS FOND
Technical support from
Foss Fotech & Vink