Chantal Heijnen (1976, The Netherlands) is a portrait and documentary photographer based in New York. In 2000 she received a BA in Social Work, and worked for 10 years as a refugee counselor in The Netherlands. In 2008 she graduated with honors...
Susan Spencer from Nebraska travels with her husband Richard. Since 1960 they both voted for the same presidential candidate, except in 2018. Then he voted for an independent candidate from a small third party and she voted for Hillary Clinton. "I wish we'd get a woman in power once," Susan said.
The Divided States of America is a photo essay on the upcoming midterm elections. How are Americans feeling about Trump’s divided America. Left and right America live in different worlds. Except on the train from Chicago to San Francisco, where the train will pass through 7 politically different States. Therefore we chose to travel on the California Zephyr - the transcontinental railroad that was once build to unite the nation after the Civil War in the 19th century. If travelers did not have to travel for months on prairies and mountains to make contact with the residents on the other side of the country, that would bring the United States literally and figuratively closer together, Abraham Lincoln thought. In a sense, the train is fulfilling that role now.