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July 11, 2011

John Moore: Surviving the U.S. Recession

“A lot of people who would never be in line at a soup kitchen find themselves there with their families just trying to get something to eat. This is really new in this recession.”

Since 2008, John Moore, a staff photographer at Getty Images, has been documenting the impact of the U.S. Recession. Having lived abroad for many years, John was especially aware of the economic challenges affecting so many Americans. From the scene of mortgage evictions and crowded job fares to the lines at food banks and free health clinics, Moore found people willing to let him photograph in the most bitter of circumstances. Besides an overview of the breadth and scope of the enduring recession, this BagNewsSalon audio slideshow also documents Moore’s commitment to the story. We are proud to provide this window, to draw attention to a recession that may have ended on paper, but in practical terms, continues to plague so many Americans. Also, we are pleased to offer this forum to a compassionate and truly gifted photographer so highly attuned to the voices of humanity. — Sandra Roa

See previous BagNewsSalon audio slideshows with photographers Brenda Ann Keneally, Michael Kamber, Jon Lowenstein and Ashley Gilbertson here.

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  • bks

    I had exactly the same reaction to this  as I did to the Troy, New York photo essay:   These photographers need to spend some time in Ecuador, Haiti or Bangladesh.   I am entirely sympathetic to the plight of people who have lost jobs and homes, but poor in the USA is not very poor, all things considered.   Having enough to eat makes all the difference.

        –bks

  • Anonymous

    The point of the piece is that there are a substantial number of people in this incredibly rich country who do not have enough to eat.

    The horror of the piece is that the haves are so willing and able to ignore the have-nots.

    • Anonymous

      Worse! The haves are willing and able to blame the have-not’s. The people are the ones Orrin Hatch said need to “share some of the responsibility” for dealing with the deficit. [http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/ed-schultz-goes-after-orrin-hatch-saying-p]

    • Anonymous

      Worse! The haves are willing and able to blame the have-not’s. The people are the ones Orrin Hatch said need to “share some of the responsibility” for dealing with the deficit. [http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/ed-schultz-goes-after-orrin-hatch-saying-p]

  • scr

    The US economy is getting worse. So where does that leave the thousands who are barely surviving? What about the rest, if more Americans fall into poverty- now that we’ve seen our safety nets are so full of holes- what will happen? As it is we may be losing social security, other benefits are diminishing, education is bare basics and corporations continue to profit in so many ways. What can fix our broken system? 

    • Broyal43

      SCR, vote.

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  • Pastafarian

    What disturbs me the most about all of this isn’t that so many Americans need food stamps to get to eat. 

    What disturbs me is that these programs are welfare for the agrobusiness corporations. They are our tax dollars going directly to ADM, Cargill, General Mills, Kraft, etc.

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