Photographer Zackary Canepari arrived in Flint in 2012, before a scandal about tainted water brought the city to international attention. For six years he has documented a place of struggle, and strength
Flint is a city long infamous for poverty, crime, and more recently the water crisis that has plagued people here for four years. It seems everyone in America knows what to expect when they hear the name Flint: economic, political and social dysfunction. Flint is a place of struggle, but thats not all it is.
For the last six years Ive been working in Michigan on the Flint is a Place project. Its an immersive dive into a city that is more layered and nuanced than commonly portrayed, telling the story of a community living on the fringes. After 40 years of economic struggle, Flint is a place where the abnormal has become normal.
In the 1980s, Flint had the highest median income for under-35s in America. Today it has one of the lowest. The city has consistently been on the FBIs top 10 most violent list and has the highest ratio of abandoned homes in the country. Over four decades it went from living the American dream to an American nightmare.
The water crisis continues, and Flint just shut one of its last remaining high schools. Things have not got better, but there are still people fighting for change.