2012 Photo Contest, People in the News, Stories, 2nd prize

Evicted

Photographer

John Moore

Getty Images

15 September, 2011

Americans experienced the fifth year of a national housing crisis. By the end of 2011, some four million families had lost their homes after they could no longer meet mortgage payments. People renting houses often found themselves in a similar situation, no longer able to afford the rent and facing eviction.

About

John Moore

John Moore is a senior staff photographer and special correspondent for Getty Images. He has photographed in 65 countries on six continents and was posted internationally for ...

Background story

Centennial, Colorado, USA

A sheriff’s deputy serves an eviction order on Julie Holzhauer and her family of five in Centennial, Colorado after they had been unable to pay their rent. John, a building contractor, had lost 40 percent of his business due to the economic recession. Americans experienced the fifth year of a national housing crisis. By the end of 2011, some four million families had lost their homes after they could no longer meet mortgage payments. People renting houses often found themselves in a similar situation, no longer able to afford the rent and facing eviction. In Colorado, eviction teams supervised by a deputy from the county sheriff’s office arrive with court orders, and clear the contents of a house onto the street. Families have 24 hours to remove their possessions.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/125 sec
Focal length
27 mm
F-Stop
f/2.8
ISO
1000
Camera
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

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