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Ragnar Axelsson has trekked through glacial storms, fallen through rifts and awakened on ice that has drifted out to sea. But Ragnar Axelsson just keeps coming back … His stark photographs capture a place of extremes, bathed in surreal white Arctic light. Cathedral-like icebergs miniaturize man, a hungry sled dog howls and a hunter in a frosted hood meets you with his tired gaze.' - The New York Times

The world turns its gaze toward the Arctic. Nowhere are the signs of climate change more visible; here global warming already affects the day-to-day lives of the local people. Still the circumpolar Arctic is one of the most disputed territories on Earth, with many nations laying claim to the mining and oil rights of the area as the sea ice retreats. For thousands of years the Inuit have built their communities based upon a sensitive understanding of the land and the frozen ocean, but rapid social and environmental change threatens their traditional way of life. The hunters of the North are a dying breed. This is the twilight of their society.

Ragnar Axelsson has been travelling to the Arctic for almost three decades, drawn by a deep respect for the hunting communities of northern Greenland and Canada. His images have won him recognition as one of the most accomplished documentary photographers of our time. This remarkable body of work is finally brought together to present a unique record of the daily life and culture of some of the most remote communities in the world.

Ragnar ‘RAX’ Axelsson has worked as an international photojournalist for the past three decades. Highly acclaimed, he has been honoured as Icelandic Photographer of the Year on four occasions. His work has appeared in Stern, The New York Times, Le Figaro, Newsweek, Time magazine and National Geographic. In conjunction with the release of Last Days of the Arctic, Saga Film is completing a documentary for the BBC based on his evocative photographic journey among the people of the North.

Professor Mark Nuttall wrote the foreword for the book. One of the world’s leading Arctic scholars, he has written dozens of books and articles on the Inuit and now works closely with indigenous peoples’ organizations, the Canadian Government and international institutions concerned with rapid change in the modern Arctic.

2010 Last days of the Arctic

To purchase the book please contact:
Crymogea.is - Iceland
Knesebeck.de - Germany
Polarworld.co.uk - England





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