"Joakim Eskildsen was born in Copenhagen in 1971 where he trained with the Royal Court photographer Rigmor Mydtskov. In 1994, he moved to Finland to learn the craft of photographic book making with Pentti Sammallahti at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, graduating with an MA degree in photography in 1998."
"[His] work is based on the theme of the relationships between man, nature and cultures. . .This approach can be related to the works of the humanist photographers in the sense that his intent is no the scientific interrogation or exploration of his subjects, but the creation of an empirical record of his encounters with various peoples and cultures. Submerging himself in the worlds he wishes to explore, Eskildsen resides for extended periods of time with the people he photographs in order to better understand their culture and so as not to violate their intimacy by the simple appropriation of their image. The photographs are presented as a story and are usually accompanied by [text]..."
A Conversation with Joakim Eskildsen
Städtische Galerie, Iserlohn