In 2011 Vanessa Winship was awarded the Henri Cartier Bresson Prize which allows a photographer to develop a new photographic project. For more than a year, Vanessa Winship has traveled across the United States, from California to Virginia, from New Mexico to Montana, in pursuit of the mirage of the “American Dream”. She dances on Jackson reads like a conversation, a poetic and rhythmic interaction between landscapes and portraits exploring the vastness of the United States and trying to understand the link that is created between a territory and its inhabitants. For Winship, this relationship becomes inextricable: each place takes on meaning according to the people she meets there, what she sees there and what happens to her. People, sounds and smells add an extra dimension to her work and images.
She dances on Jackson is a new stage in the photographer’s work. In addition to her black and white portraits captured with a large-format camera, which were striking and striking in her previous work, she also captures extremely masterful landscapes. For her, photography is a literary process through which she seeks to understand life. Her intimate approach allows the reader to see the world as she sees it, if only for a moment.