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Ragnar Axelsson: Last Days of the Arctic « Previous | |Next »
November 10, 2013

Ragnar Axelsson has been traveling to the Arctic for almost three decades and his most recent book is Last Days of the Arctic (2010):

AxelssonRGreenland XII.jpg Ragnar Axelsson, Greenland X11, from Last Days of the Arctic: Journeys with the Greenland Inuit.

The book is a photographic portrait of a disappearing landscape and the Inuit people who inhabit it. Their ancient culture is set to become extinct and the probability of these communities continuing to live traditionally is becoming increasingly unlikely. Nowhere are the signs of climate change more visible; here global warming already affects the day-to-day lives of the local people.

AxelssonRPolarbearskin.jpg Ragnar Axelsson, Polar bear skin, Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland 1996

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.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 10:59 AM |