Yuki Iwamura

2020 The Sunday Times Award for Achievement

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American Pride

The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States was held on January 20th, 2017. Since then, the rise of patriotism and the idea of white nationalism has been growing dramatically. The statistics show President Trump gained votes from blue-collar white voters, living outside of metropolitan cities where still the “classic idea” of American conservatism is deeply rooted. Moving from Japan to the United States, the photographer witnessed varieties of patriotism, not only determined by the political ideology but also the feelings of love, dedication, and attachment to the homeland. The photo series ‘American Pride’ explores what it means to be patriotic in this age, the relationships between the passion and motivation of Trump supporters, and classic American culture rooted in rural areas.

About the Photographer

Yuki Iwamura (b. 1997) is a freelance photographer based in New York City, but was born and raised in Nagano, Japan. After he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to study Sociology, he also began his career as a photojournalist for Japanese and college newspapers. While he works as a freelance photographer, he also travels around the world producing stories with some focusing on the collapse of the nation-state, border, and immigration. He is currently working on a story about aging and death from his hometown, Nagano, Japan. He is a recent graduate of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism programme at the International Center of Photography in New York.