Joakim Eskildsen


Guest of the Planche(s) Contact Festival in 2016

Joakim Eskildsen, born in 1971 in Copenhagen, lives and works in Berlin.
Graduated from a Master’s degree in photography at the University of Arts and Design of Helsinki, he regularly works in collaboration with his wife, the writer and poet Cia Rinne. During the 1990s, they created their first collaborative projects: Nordic Signs (1995), a collection of photographs taken in Northern Europe that constitutes an hymn to nature; Bluetide (1997), the story of Apulia, a Portuguese fishing town touched by maritime erosion; and iChikenMoon (1999), which won the Best foreign title Prize in 2000 at the Phoyo-Eye books & Prints annual Awards.
Joakim Eskildsen has later produced two further series: American Realities in 2011 and Cuba in 2013. The former is focused on the financial crisis and the bad effects on citizens; the latter retraces the Cuban architectural evolution concerning the urban areas, especially La Havane.
Dealing with sociological or even political issues through portraits, scenes of everyday life or even landscapes, his mastering of colours manages to give his stories a special aura, fluctuating between revolution, hope and anxiety.

In Deauville for the Planche(s) Contact Festival

Joakim Eskildsen, working between social and road photography, has walked down the streets of La Havane and the districts of the major American cities with the highest rates of outsiders. His shots transmitted the details of these areas through powerful and touching images, supported by rigorous framings and twilight colours. Joakim Eskildsen will roam around the city of Deauville, which he does not know yet, to capture new dimensions.