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PhotoPhnomPenh 2011 –Jens Olof Lasthein


The panoramic shot, a unique way of emphasizing a way of looking that is much more ample than our ordinary view, is rarely used in reportage, since the snapshot, in this format, would seem to be a random challenge. This is nonetheless what this photographer has done, creating remarkable compositions and a perfectly mastered color. Quite conscious of the fact that, after the fall of the Berlin wall and the breakup of the Soviet Union, the structure of the world was necessarily going to change, he followed a path, from North to South, from the White Sea to the Black Sea, the new border being drawn in Eastern Europe. And we go from surprise to surprise, as the seasons pass, discovering small moments of daily life.

Born in 1964 in Sweden. A freelance photographer, he works for the press and also on his own personal projects. He is the author of the following books: Moments in Between, 1994-1999, about the war in the former Yugoslavia, and White Sea Black Sea, 2001-2007. Numerous personal exhibitions have been devoted to him, notably in Arles, at the Museum of Photography of Charleroi, at the Sète Festival, and also and the Museum of Photography in Seoul, Korea. He was the laureate of the Leica Oskar Barnack competition in 2010.

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