Espen Rasmussen September 24, 2008Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Colombia.
Carnival, Bogota, Colombia 2007
Espen Rasmussen (b. 1976, Norway) has been working with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2004. He has traveled around the world, covering events such as the Maoist conflict in Nepal, the Tsunami in Asia, the earthquake in Pakistan and conflict in Somalia. Espen’s photographs has appeared in National Geographic, Time, The Economist and Der Spiegel, and in newspapers such as the New York Times and Financial Times. He has won prizes in the World Press Photo, Picture of the Year International and “PDN’s 30 under 30 Emerging Photographers”. Espen is represented by Panos Pictures and currently works as a photo editor with VG, Norway’s largest daily newspaper.
About the Photograph:
“This picture is from the Soacha neigborhood in Bogota, Colombia. I was on my way further into the slum area with an NGO, when I saw this carnival approaching. Soacha houses between 500.000 and 800.000 displaced Colombians, fleeing from violence in their home country. The carnival is an annual event and offers the kids from the slums a break from poverty. I was in Colombia, working on a long term project about internally displaced people and refugees. For the last five years, I have traveled around the world, documenting people on the run. So far, I have been in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Thailand and Darfur in Sudan. It’s a huge problem that newspapers and broadcasters are showing their audience only a small piece of what war and political instability is causing. I hope my documentation will be a counterbalance to this.”