Christian Als – Telling Stories with Photographs
November 13, 2009 § 1 Comment
I discovered an absurdly talented and, in my opinion, important individual today. His name is Christian Als and he is a Danish photojournalist. His work is widely published in TIME, The New Yorker, La Repubblica, The Wall Street Journal, and Der Spiegel, to name a few. His interest in photography grew in the late 90’s after spending a number of years traveling and working in third world countries. Mr. Als’s photographs probe many of the world’s “hot zones” and today’s most pressing issues. In his own words:
“Most of my work centers on ‘concerned photography’ and I am constantly drawn to social, political and economic issues throughout the world.”
On his web site, Mr. Als calls his photo essays, “Stories,” and they include tales of: the Kibera slum located 5 kilometers southwest of the center of Nairobi, Kenya where one million people live in an area the size of New York’s Central Park; the devastation in Gaza after the Israeli-Hamas war lasting a mere 22 days, but killing 13 Israelis and 1,300 Palestinians, destroying 4,000 buildings, and leaving 50,000 Gazans homeless in the process; and the devastating crisis in the Demographic Republic of Congo.
Read them and think.