Thursday, 10 December 2009

Ragnar Axelsson: The Hunters of Greenland

Photo © Ragnar Axelsson-All Rights Reserved

With the advent of the cold snap that's gripping New York these days, as well as the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, I thought it opportune to post The New York Times' feature on the black & white work of Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson.

Ragnar has been traveling to Inuit villages in Greenland’s most remote regions, over the past 25 years, documenting hunting traditions that are some 4,000 years old. He had to spend years hanging around the villages just to gain the trust of the villagers before being allowed on the hunts.

In the most remote regions of Greenland, Inuit hunters spend up to two months out on the ice, seeking narwhals, seals and polar bears. The environment is unforgiving, and temperatures can drop to minus 40.

Ragnar's The Hunters of Greenland, and Showcase: Black & Very White

Ragnar Axelsson is a staff photographer with Morgunbladid, Iceland's biggest newspaper since 1976, and has photographed in Faroe Islands, Greenland, Indonesia, Scandinavia, and Siberia, among others.