"One in every six Americans lived below the official U.S poverty line when Kira Pollack, Director of Photograpy at TIME Magazine, commissioned me to capture the growing crisis. During thirty-six days spread over the seven months in 2011, and mostly accompanied by reporter Natasha del Toro, I traveled through New York, California, Louisiana, South Dakota and Georgia, visiting places that according to census data have the highest poverty rate.
The myth of the American Dream is very strong in the U.S, and it seems people are disillusioned with the fact that it is so difficult to get by today. They said there is no American Dream anymore. This, they said, was the American Reality." - Joakim Eskildsen