In the early 1970s, Jacob Holdt first arrived in the US with 40 dollars in his pocket. Shocked and fascinated by what he discovered, he ended up staying five years. His family could scarcely believe his letters detailing the poverty and lifestyles he witnessed. So his father sent him a cheap amateur camera to capture proof of his claims. He lived as a vagabond, selling his blood twice a week and hitchhiking over 100,000 miles. He befriended whoever offered him a lift and followed their invitations to stay a few days. He never said no and visited more than 350 homes where he photographed blacks from the ghettos, millionaires, junkies and members of the Ku Klux Klan.