Michael Ormerod was a British photographer fascinated by the American image. Following in the footsteps of Robert Frank, Ormerod took to the Mid-West to find a washed out dream of capitalism. His images, many vibrant in colour, capture a strange juxtaposition of an American beauty tainted by a hidden sense of menace and corruption. With images of abandoned cars in deserted towns and portraits of people who have come to accept their wounded fate, his work paints a complex picture of what many of us have come to recognise as the American Dream. His book, States of America, was published shortly before he passed away in a road accident in Arizona in 1991.