Interviews 
 

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 
 

Jacob Holdt - as seen by fellow photographer Rigmor Mydtsskov

"Paradoxically, by chronicling the lives of the poor, Holdt has narrowly avoided becoming rich." 
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An unpublished interview by Ronald Netsky 
 

"I 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 
 

Dogville” is 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 his photos.
German Magazine TDZ


With assassinated friend, Popeye Jackson

 

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