Justin Maxon | Fallen Not Forgotten

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Country of origin: United States
Project location: United States
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2012

Homicide is the leading cause of death among young black men in America. While African Americans comprise 13% of U.S. total population, they make up 40% of its murder  victims. On a national average, for every 10 murders, four killers get away. In the largest cities in America the rates are even lower. The majority of homicides now go unsolved at dozens  of  big-­‐city  police  departments.  For  example  in  2008, police solved 35% of homicides in Chicago, 22% in New Orleans, and 21% in Detroit.

Visiting one of the most murderous and impoverished cities in the United States, Maxon photographs unsolved murder victims’ family members at the site of the incident.