This book focuses on photographer Paolo Woods’ work in Haiti where he has settled in 2010. With an journalistic ambition and with the journalist and writer Arnaud Robert, he draws on the universal aspect of a national adventure that concerns us more than we think. Haiti is a contradiction, a nation particularly proud of its history, language and singular culture, however with a somewhat absent and dysfunctional state. ‘State’ deals with a fundamental issue: what occurs in a society in which the government is inefficient and the state fails to provide basic services to its population? The publication describes the dynamics at play in every developing country. It is thematically structured along six chapters, each one exploring an aspect of law enforcement structures and their alternatives in Haiti.