2014 Emerging Photography Contender: Carl Gunhouse

For America, Brooklyn-based photographer Carl Gunhouse travels around the country—from Connecticut to Las Vegas to New Mexico— exploring the ways in which the modernity of the 21st century has expanded upon the expectations of the American Dream while simultaneously eroding its attainability. 

Writes Gunhouse in his Artist Statement, “Consumption has destroyed the American dream and the earnest assumption that an ideal life is guaranteed by hard work, a college degree and playing by the rules. Instead we are left with entry-level jobs, no opportunity for advancement, no benefits, inescapable debt, and the cold comfort that we avoided a Depression. Our desire for something more has brought consequences visible in every corner of America. In these spaces, we can see the America we have become.”

All images © Carl Gunhouse

Each week, Feature Shoot editors showcase the work of one photographer who has applied to the Emerging Photography Awards in order to highlight the diverse array of applications we receive. This is not an endorsement of the photographer for the award.