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.

Christian Als - DR Congo Crisis

A critically ill woman in Kibati refugee camp north of Goma. Thousands of displaced people in Kibati in eastern DR Congo, have been receiving aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Read them and think.


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