[F]lint is the largest city in Genesee County, Michigan and it gets a lot of bad press. With a violent crime rate seven times higher than the national average, it it consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. From 2011 – 2015 it was in a state of financial emergency, compounded with a public health crisis due to unsafe drinking water, the ongoing calamity has procured very little for its industry, tourism and the hopes of its denizens.
Juan Madrid’s series Waiting On A Dream takes a pensive look at the city. Madrid has captured a beautiful window into the ebb and flow of Flint’s everyday outgoings; it’s lost souls and new born puppies, it’s blood on the floor and open button Hawaiian shirts.We asked Juan about his intentions going in to photograph Flint and who else he thinks is photographing United States in ways that challenges that tired old trope of the “American road trip”.
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