2018 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 3rd prize

White Rage - USA


Espen Rasmussen

VG, Panos Pictures

28 September, 2017

Donna Tottel (54) and Doug Tottel (55) are unemployed and survive by selling used goods from their porch in Fort Creek, West Virginia. When the electricity to their house was cut off, they installed a generator.

Degrees of rage in three US states: a journey made in the weeks after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rally was the first gathering of far-right groups from all over the country in decades, held in part to demonstrate opposition to the removal of the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

The photographer travelled through Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland meeting a range of people, from extreme right activists to patriots and those angry at the way the US is governed, in an attempt to understand why white anger has risen to the surface.

About the photographer

Espen Rasmussen

He works as a picture editor at VG Helg, the weekend magazine of daily Norwegian newspaper, VG. He is represented by Panos Pictures Espen has won numerous awards for his work, i...

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