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Maja Daniels June 29, 2011

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Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009

Maja Daniels (b. 1985, Sweden) is a freelance photographer currently based in London. Having studied journalism, sociology and photography, she produces work that focuses on social documentary and portraiture with an emphasis on human relations in their contemporary environment. Her work has been published in the Guardian Weekend (UK), Les Inrockuptibes (FR), Vagabond (SWE) and she has collaborated with various french institutions as well as the European Commission. Her recently completed series “Into Oblivion” was shortlisted for the 2010 PhotoVisura Grant for an Outstanding Personal Photography Project. Maja is represented by Picturetank in Paris.

About the Photograph:

I went to photograph the community of Christiana  in the build-up of the 2009 climate summit. Ruled outside of conventional law and order, Christiania is a self-proclaimed Freetown, governed by its own organization. The Freetown attracts around one million visiting tourists every year since it has become a pertinent and rare example of an alternative domestic organisation. It is the longest existing alternative society in the western world. Founded in 1971 by a group of hippies, its inhabitants of around 900 people are currently facing an existential and property rights crisis. This social experiment will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2011 but the The Danish Eastern High Court recently decided that the government is within its powers to re-assert control over the area. This might mean that great changes are due to be enforced on the Christianites who might have to face having their houses demolished or be forced to purchase their residencies at current market values.”

Thomas Lekfeldt December 18, 2009

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Vibe and her  father, Copenhagen 2008

Thomas Lekfeldt (b. 1977, Denmark) is a freelance photojournalist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He works for the Danish and international press, primarily the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark. He has received awards from the Danish Picture of the Year, Best of Photojournalism, EISA Maestro Photo Contest and New York Photo Awards. His work was also recently exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image in  Perpignan, France and the Noorderlicht Photo festival in the Netherlands.

About the Photograph:

“I followed Vibe, a little girl with a brain tumor, during the last year of her life. I documented the sorrows and the moments of joy at home, in school, on vacation and in hospital. The story was at the same time an assignment for the newspaper Ekstra Bladet and a very personal project for me. At the time that I took this picture Vibe had been hospitalized for a few days to have a chemotherapy treatment. She was in the hospital with her mother, and her father and twin sister often came to visit her. In the picture Vibe is kissing her father, and above them are some paper cuts that Vibe and her mother had made. To me they look like stars, and they keep reminding me of what Vibe’s father used to tell Vibe; that he would catch the stars in the sky for her if she asked him to. Now he tells Vibe’s twin sister Laerke that Vibe herself has become one of the stars in the sky.”

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