Un témoignage profondément humain et dune grande qualité esthétique. En 2007 Joachim Eskildsen publie The Roma Journeys, résultat dun travail de 6 ans à travers sept pays différents (Hongrie, Rajasthan, Grèce, Roumanie, France, Russie, Finlande) sur les conditions de vie des Roms et leur vie quotidienne. Ce livre a été primé à diverses reprises. Livre avec reliure cartonné déditeur avec couverture illustrée, 243 photographies en noir et blanc et en couleur; textes en anglais de Gunter Grassen ainsi que de Cia Rinne qui a accompagné Joachim Eskildsen dans les différents voyages. Le livre comporte également un CD de musiques compilées par Sebastian Eskildsen.
Joakim Eskildsen est né en 1971 . En 1994, il se rend en Finlande pour apprendre lart de la photographie et de la conception dun livre photo avec Jyrki Parantainen et Pentti Sammallahti à luniversité dArt et de Design dHelsinki où il obtient, quatre ans plus tard, un master en photographie. Il vit et travaille à BerlinThe Roma JourneysBetween 2000 and 2006 I together with writer Cia Rinne undertook travels in seven different countries with a view to gaining an insight into the life of the Roma and the conditions they face. We always tried to spend a considerable length of time among the people whom we wanted to learn about and, if possible, to live with them for a while. It was our own interest that initially took us to the Roma streets in Hevesaranyos in northeast Hungary, where we spent four months at the home of Magda, an elderly Roma. The other journeys to Romania, India and our travels in Finland came about through personal contact, while in Greece and Russia we were initially assisted by human rights organizations and in France by the Centre de recherches tsiganes in Paris.These Roma journeys were by no means meticulously planned, and instead the product of a number of coincidences that enabled us to come into contact with the Roma. We endeavored to communicate directly with them. In most countries this was possible, and while in Russia and India we were accompanied on our travels, and thus had willing assistance. We have frequently been asked what had triggered our interest in the Roma, but we were unable to provide a definitive, let alone exhaustive answer. What is certain is that once we hard started we were unable to simply stop continuing with the project. The more we found out about the Roma and got to know them, the more our interest in and liking for them grew.In keeping with the different countries traveled, the photographic body of work is divided into seven series, the sequence of which roughly corresponds to the chronology of our journeys.
Joakim Eskildsen,The Roma Journeys