Divided States


  • Photographer
    Benjamin Elwes
  • Prize
    1st Place / Book/Documentary
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Juan Curto An in-depth portrait of America, a social survey in images.

  • Company/Studio
    www.benelwesphoto.com
  • Date of Photograph
    November and December 2016
  • Technical Info
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/641416349/divided-states?ref=discovery&term=Divided%20States

I dreamed of making a US road trip with a camera. When the 2016 US presidential election became the increasing focus of the world’s attention, in a year that had already seen the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union, my instinct was to be there. Returning to Mexico from Europe that autumn, I then packed my camera and flew to Reynosa, from where I crossed the border into the USA on Halloween. Divided States could be considered an example of Gonzo journalism-an account made during a moment of comparative calm ahead of what has turned out to be the storm of the Trump presidency.

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