Most recent interview from 2019:
"Following the ‘say yes’ philosophy, a state of mind that entails saying
yes to people and dealing with one’s prejudices, Holdt managed to gain
access not only to people’s homes but also to their hearts. His natural
curiosity and the unique talent for befriending and opening up those he
photographed enabled the rest of the society to witness people’s pain
and suffering through the legendary American Pictures."
Interview in Metal Magazine 2019
"So outrageous is Holdt's litany that skepticism ensues...... If
only he didn't have the photographic proof. If only he didn't sound a
bit like Jesus, Kerouac and de Tocqueville melded. American Pictures is
either a stunning contrivance or a new Harvest of Shame."
Interview in Film Comment
by chronicling the lives of the poor, Holdt has narrowly avoided becoming
In this recent interview Holdt talks about his encounters with Rockefeller,
the KGB and why he tried to stop the book.
An unpublished interview by Ronald Netsky
hardly see the injustice anymore," Holdt says. "That's the process
of becoming American, that you start accepting these things around you.
That's why I have to rely so much on my past experiences because I had
clear eyes at that time. Things have only gotten gotten worse since then."
The Daily Advocate for Williams College
the first part of a USA trilogy and is inspired from Bertolt Brecht. Did
Brecht also inspire the action in Manderlay "?
No, the inspiration came from the Danish photographer and writer Jacob
Holdt. At the end of "Dogville" you have already seen some of
German Magazine TDZ
page in Danish
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