Podcast: Christian Als and why he likes to show reality
Danish photographer Christian Als visited Kyrgyzstan. The goal of his visit is to take photos of different places of Kyrgyzstan for his personal project. Sam Baratliev, one of Kyrgyz photographers and author at Graphy…, was his guide and translator. Sam invited Christian to Children’s Media Center in Bishkek, where Christian made a master-class presentation for amateur photographers in Bishkek. Alina, Bishkek blogger and beginning photographer, wrote in her blog her expressions about this meeting.
“I am a Danish photojournalist born in the countryside outside Copenhagen. Most of my work centers on ‘concerned photography’ and I am constantly drawn to social, political and economic issues throughout the world. I have worked in countries like Haiti, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, China, Tibet, DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Latvia and India. In 2006 I graduated from the Danish School of Journalism. My passion and interest in photography developed in the late nineties after extensive travels in third world countries, where I realized the urge to document my surroundings. I love to undertake social and humanitarian projects around the world, and like the journey a photographic project can turn into over time, – says Christian Als’ profile. His photos were TIME, The New Yorker, The Sunday Times Magazine, GEO, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Wall Street Journal
In the podcast, Christian tells about his previous projects and interesting places he had visited. He also tells about the aims of his visit to Kyrgyzstan. He says that so far one thing suprised very much in Kyrgyzstan – a Soviet presence that is still preserved all over the country. And it is not about Lenin’s statues, but about the whole villages and small cities that stopped developing or died after 1991. Christian tells that he liked these places a lot, as he, as a photographer, is interested in such sites. Christian is planning to make his personal project about Central Asia, where he will use photos from Kyrgyzstan.