SIKU ajorpoq - a photo exhibition from Greenland

© Ragnar Axelsson & Carsten Egevang

CARSTEN EGEVANG

www.carstenegevang.com

Carsten has a PhD in biology and, as a researcher in Arctic seabirds, he has traveled to the most remote parts of Greenland for the past two decades. Although the wildlife of Greenland originally has been the main object for his photography, Carsten has then gradually moved into documenting the traditional culture of the Inuit hunters of Greenland. In his book GREENLAND – Land of Animal and Man (2011) he describes wildlife along with the unique hunting tradition – and the close bond and dependency between the two – combining biological knowledge with insight in traditional living in Greenland. In the book Life at the Edge (2012) Carsten portraits the people, animals and landscapes of the most isolated area in Greenland – the Scoresbysund district. Through his narrative black and white photography, he shows the daily life of the local inhabitants of Scoresbysund where people are literally balancing on the edge of what is physically possible in the harsh Arctic environment.

 

The photography of Carsten Egevang was been awarded in several international photo contests. His image “Little Auks, Big Fjord” from East Greenland were awarded category winner in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009. Carsten became “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” in Denmark in 2010 and is the recipient of the Greenland Government “Environment and Nature Award” in 2011. The images of Carsten have been used in a high number of magazines and books and recently the Danish Magazine Publishers awarded an article with his black and white images “Travel Feature of the Year”. Carsten is also a core member of The Arctic Arts Project - a collaborative of the most celebrated and talented environmental photographers of our day, communicating the effect of climate change in the Arctic.

 

Carsten Egevang was born in 1969 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since he first visited Greenland in 1995, he has been working in Greenland as a researcher and later on as a photographer. Carsten took his master degree in Biology from the University of Copenhagen in 1999 and finished his PhD in 2010. He has lived in Greenland’s capital Nuuk in the period 2002-2008. His field of expertise is the seabirds of Greenland, especially the little auk, on which he has conducted extensive studies on its breeding ecology. Furthermore, Carsten has been the leader of an international, four-year long study on the impressive migration of the Arctic tern. The study was the first to document the migration from the breeding grounds in Greenland to Antarctica and back – known as the longest annual migration performed in the animal kingdom.