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    Shot in 48 hours, these photographs examine the evisceration of the middle class through a portrait of the economic challenges confronting two cities. Three years after the Wall Street bailout, nearly 14 million Americans are unemployed and the vast economic inequality in our country only grows deeper as politicians lay off police and firemen, slash school budgets, and point the finger at unions. The holy promise of our country’s great future appears to have been traded in for campaign financing dollars as corporate tax loopholes allow big businesses to tighten the noose on the American worker.

    Aghast and deeply moved by the front-page headlines describing our country’s perils, I set out with my camera to tell my version of this historic story. I spent 24 hours in Madison, Wisconsin, photographing the events unfolding in and around the capitol building before Governor Scott Walker signed his anti-union, anti-collective bargaining bill. I spent the following 24 hours in Gary, Indiana, home of the first US Steel plant, whose rise and fall has become the face of the deindustrialization of America. I photographed city institutions and local businesses that line Broadway, Gary’s main artery, looking at the grim realities that face this once vibrant city and what results when we abandon our workers and let the middle class fall.

  • The Media, Madison, 2011
    The Media, Madison, 2011
  • Protest Sign On Door Of Capitol, Madison, 2011
    Protest Sign On Door Of Capitol, Madison, 2011
  • Allen, Madison Firefighter, IAFF Local 311, Madison, 2011
    Allen, Madison Firefighter, IAFF Local 311, Madison, 2011
  • Shame, Madison, 2011
    Shame, Madison, 2011
  • The Workers Will Prevail, Madison, 2011
    The Workers Will Prevail, Madison, 2011
  • Snowman, Madison, 2011
    Snowman, Madison, 2011
  • Inside The Capitol, Madison, 2011
    Inside The Capitol, Madison, 2011
  • Press Room, Moments Before Scott Walker Addressed The Media, Madison, 2011
    Press Room, Moments Before Scott Walker Addressed The Media, Madison, 2011
  • Teamster Truck, Madison, 2011
    Teamster Truck, Madison, 2011
  • Firefighters, Madison, 2011
    Firefighters, Madison, 2011
  • Patti & Anne, Wisconsin Teachers, Madison, 2011
    Patti & Anne, Wisconsin Teachers, Madison, 2011
  • Monument Outside Capitol Building, Madison, 2011
    Monument Outside Capitol Building, Madison, 2011
  • Jack, Teamster, Madison, 2011
    Jack, Teamster, Madison, 2011
  • The Capitol Building At 1am, Madison, 2011
    The Capitol Building At 1am, Madison, 2011
  • T.A., Protester, Madison, 2011
    T.A., Protester, Madison, 2011
  • Peace Sign, Madison, 2011
    Peace Sign, Madison, 2011
  • Water Tower, Gary, 2011
    Water Tower, Gary, 2011
  • Wigs, Gary, 2011
    Wigs, Gary, 2011
  • Loan Shop, Gary, 2011
    Loan Shop, Gary, 2011
  • Tire, Gary, 2011
    Tire, Gary, 2011
  • Entrance Of Closed Theatre, Gary, 2011
    Entrance Of Closed Theatre, Gary, 2011
  • Post-Tribune, Gary, 2011
    Post-Tribune, Gary, 2011
  • Employment Guide, Gary, 2011
    Employment Guide, Gary, 2011
  • Church, Gary, 2011
    Church, Gary, 2011
  • City Hall, Gary, 2011
    City Hall, Gary, 2011
  • Payphone, Gary, 2011
    Payphone, Gary, 2011
  • Hunter’s Inn, Gary, 2011
    Hunter’s Inn, Gary, 2011
  • Closed Businesses, Gary, 2011
    Closed Businesses, Gary, 2011
  • Barber Shop, Gary, 2011
    Barber Shop, Gary, 2011
  • Storefront, Gary, 2011
    Storefront, Gary, 2011
  • Mural On Boarded Storefront, Gary, 2011
    Mural On Boarded Storefront, Gary, 2011
  • Cash For Junk Cars, Gary, 2011
    Cash For Junk Cars, Gary, 2011
  • Broadway At Dusk, Gary, 2011
    Broadway At Dusk, Gary, 2011
  • Light Post, Gary, 2011
    Light Post, Gary, 2011
  • Campaign Signs, Gary, 2011
    Campaign Signs, Gary, 2011
  • Amerigas, Gary, 2011
    Amerigas, Gary, 2011
  • Lot For Sale, Gary, 2011
    Lot For Sale, Gary, 2011
  • Elbert H. Gary, Gary, 2011
    Elbert H. Gary, Gary, 2011
  • Factory, Gary, 2011
    Factory, Gary, 2011
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    Will_Steacy_48_Hours-01
  • Will_Steacy_48_Hours-01
    Will_Steacy_48_Hours-01
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