Chantal Heijnen

Photographer & Educator
The Divided States of America
Location: New York
Nationality: Dutch
Biography: Chantal Heijnen (1976, The Netherlands) is a portrait and documentary photographer based in New York City. In 2000 she received a BA in Social Work, and worked for 10 years as a refugee counsellor in The Netherlands. In 2008 she graduated with... read on
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The Divided States of America
Credits: chantal heijnen
Date of Work: 10/19/18 - 10/21/18
Updated: 11/06/18
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.

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