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Mads Nissen June 27, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Peru.
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Iquitos, Peru, Amazonas 2007

Mads Nissen (Denmark, b 1979) has worked on photographic projects about the food crisis in Niger, a children’s home in Ghana, Revolutionary Carnival in Cuba and daily life in the tallest building in Denmark. Two recent works include a story about overpopulation in Manila and a personal voyage into the Amazon rain forest. He graduated from The Danish School of Journalism. In 2004-2006 he was staff photographer at the Danish national newspaper Dagbladet Politiken. His awards include: Winner of the Best Danish Press Photo of the Year and POYi: Issue Reporting Picture Story/ Award Of Excellence both in 2007. His clients include: Newsweek, Stern and several NGO’s including Care International. He is currently based in Shanghai, China and is represented by Getty Images.

About the Photograph:

The houses in the shantytown of Belen Bajo in Peru are built on rafts or tall poles because of the ever changing water levels of the Amazon, which floods the area by several meters for four months every year. On its long journey from the Peruvian Andes to its mouth in the Atlantic, the Amazon takes up an area as large as that of Australia. It is the largest river in the world and within the rain forest are 40,000 species of plants and over 30 million kinds of insects.

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