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 Post subject: PHOTOS: END OF THE LINE
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:03 pm 
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PHOTOS: END OF THE LINE

Photos of a town after GM went bust.

Janesville, Wisconsin grew up in the shadow of a GM plant, and like other Midwestern cities built around the automobile industry, its growth has recently been stunted. The last Chevy truck rolled off Janesville's assembly line on December 23, 2008, missing the plant's 90-year anniversary by six months. The economic consequences have been profound.

While photographing the effects of a recession can be low-hanging fruit for photojournalists (Breadlines? Check. Homeless encampments? Check. Empty buildings? Check.), to really get under the skin of a small city undergoing a change this big takes a patient, keen eye. As part of a long-term project looking at America's more economically and geographically cut-off areas, Mother Jones contributing photographer Danny Wilcox-Frazier found himself in Janesville. This photo essay (AT THE LINK) is the result.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:09 pm 
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While the photos indeed look bleak and depressing, I wonder how much of that effect of all of them in black and white is. We have all become accustomed to seeing things in full color, especially with the advent of digital cameras and the Internet.

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Indeed...black and white photos can be just that...depressing. My area's small towns have been really struggling economically, but a couple of them are making a comeback because their citizens got wise and finally voted YES on their alcohol referendums. :bounce:

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