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Portraits, Joplin MO Photo essay by Mathieu Asselin


In May 22 2011 a tornado hits the city of Joplin Missouri. The strength and magnitude of the tornado left a trail of destruction of 3 / 4 wide by 6 miles long, as a result, 153 die and within minutes thousands of people are homeless. My trip to Joplin was striking. The level of destruction was such that during my five days every morning seemed like the first day again. I was intrigued by the fact that within minutes, the familiarity of the people of Joplin with their landscape had turned into a complete inhospitable and unfamiliar zone. This is what initially pushes me to this place and I wanted to show that shift in my subjects.


W il l ia m M . T homp s on . 2 12 5 S. N ew Je r s ey Ave .


Por trait of a Young Girl. Mar tĂ­n Tovar y Tovar. Caracas 1858

S he ll a n d M atth ew Jon e s. 180 9 Ve r mo nt Ave .


Patrick Obanion. 24 19 S. Ke ntu k y Ave .


H ug Hi lls . 2 215 S . Ke n tuc k y Ave .


Hea th er L owe . 19 90 N ew H amp s hire Ave .


A l l en G o d by a n d Ro be r t S tall s mit h. 120 2 M ont an a P l .


D yl a n S m ith . 19 96 S Stre e t Lou is Ave .


Au d rey McI lwan 180 2 D e l aware Ave .


Joplin MO Portraits  

Portraits of the victims of the tornado, Joplin MO 05/22/2011

Joplin MO Portraits  

Portraits of the victims of the tornado, Joplin MO 05/22/2011