His photos are striking and real. But is Chris Arnade a journalist?

A former Wall Street banker, Arnade quit his cushy gig, and now his full-time, poorly-paid gig is driving his light-blue minivan around the country to photograph its poorest places. His photos and articles are regularly published on The Guardian, but his primary outlet remains social media, where he posts photos, comments, rants, and thoughts often and freely as he goes. He says he is not a journalist: “What journalists have done is put up very solid walls so they don’t have to worry about the gray, but the gray needs to be talked about.”