Romain Blanquart (b. 1973, France) is a visual journalist living in Detroit, Michigan. He studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and for the last 13 years has been a staff photographer at The Detroit Free Press. He is currently working on The Tyranny of Hope, a long-term essay that explores life at the intersection of hope and hopelessness. The photo essay is an attempt to show what life feels like for most Detroiters. Romain’s work can be seen at: www.romainblanquart.com or on Instagram @dandyromain.