This week, The Cut featured Espen Rasmussen’s new project in which he documents his family’s new normal.
“Espen Rasmussen has documented everything from the rise of far-right extremists in Greece to refugees in Colombia. For his latest project, The Longest Day, the photographer has produced intimate, atmospheric images of his life at home. In Rasmussen’s ‘very first personal project,’ the mundane routines, insidious fear, and soul-stirring humanity of the coronavirus crisis coalesce.”
On assignment for Paris Match, Espen Rasmussen traveled to Germany to photograph national socialist Sanny Kujath, leader of the right-wing group Junge Revolution. This is a continuation of Espen’s long-term project “White Rage,” which explores the growth of far-right political movements across Europe and America.
“America, Again” is a year-long project by the photographers of VII, an exploration of some of the most important issues facing American voters as they head to the polls on November 3rd. This is Chapter 2: The Environment, which includes an essay by author Simon Winchester, reflecting on some of the global and political complexities of environmental issues and America’s role in it all.
This chapter includes five photo stories by Zackary Canepari, Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, Espen Rasmussen, John Stanmeyer, and Sara Terry.
About “America, Again”: Exactly one year before voters go to the polls on November 3, 2020 — and three months before Iowans gather for their caucuses — VII launched the first chapter of our year-long collective election coverage, “America, Again.”
This project emerged among a few of the VII photographers with the intention of focusing attention on the issues that will dominate the U.S. election. The VII Foundation and VII Academy have stepped in to support the project in recognition of the importance of critical and independent storytelling in civic discourse. We will produce stories on material issues that people worldwide are wrangling with, not only Americans. We’ll cover issues that are used to divide us, and that allow populist politicians to undermine the values that are foundational to our societies.
Espen Rasmussen’s “Hard.Land” is on view at the 8th edition of FotoArtFestival in Bielsko-Bia?a, Poland, from October 11 to 27, 2019. In “Hard.Land,” Espen investigates what has happened to the former middle class in the Rust Belt, and the consequences of low income, unemployment, drugs, and their departure from the former industrial towns.
As part of the “Authors’ Marathon” on Saturday, October 12, Espen will give a presentation about his long-term projects. In addition to “Hard.Land,” Espen will discuss the project “Transit,” about refugees and displaced people around the world, and “White Rage,” a one-year journey among right-wing people in the U.S. and Europe.
VII Member Linda Bournane Engelberth and VII Mentor Program photographer Line Ørnes Søndergaard are included in the Norwegian Documentary Photography exhibition.
The exhibition, on view at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter from August 23, 2019, through January 12, 2020, presents the works of 35 photographers with projects spanning the last decade.
All projects presented in the exhibition are the result of dedicated photographic research over time, made possible through support from the Fritt Ord Foundation and the Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP). VII Emeritus Member Espen Rasmussen is one of the mentors and editors at the NJP.