For over 40 years, Ragnar Axelsson (b. 1958), has been photographing the people, animals, and landscape of the most remote regions of the Arctic, including Iceland, Siberia, and Greenland. In stark black-and-white images, he captures the elemental, human experience of nature at the edge of the liveable world, making visible the extraordinary relationships between the people of the Arctic and their extreme environment.
Ragnar has published 7 books in various international editions. Jökull (Glacier) was published in 2018, with a foreword by Olafur Eliasson. Andlit Nordursins (The Face of The North), was published in 2016, with a foreword by Mary Ellen Mark, and won the 2016 Icelandic Literary Prize for non-fiction.
In his recent book Hetjur norðurslóða (Arctic Heroes) he takes a poignant look at the fate of the Greenland sled dog.
In Greenland, where the melting ice sheet is irrevocably disrupting the hunters’ 4,000-year old traditional way of life, the stark reality of global warming is an immediate and direct threat to their everyday survival. The Greenland sled dog, essential to Inuit settlement and survival, now faces extinction as hunters are forced to adapt to the vanishing world around them.
In over 150 images, and through hunters’ personal stories, this book bears witness to the animals’ magnificence and the deep, integral role they play in the hunters’ lives.
Book Specs: Cloth Hardcover; 25,2 x 34,8 cm; 290 pages; 137 tritone illustrations; English available; ISBN 978-3-96900-007-6; Dezember 2020. Available here.