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ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY

18.09.2015

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“In autumn 2011 I began to work on my long-term photo project about refugees and internally displaced people in the South Caucasus, working closely with the Norwegian and Danish Refugee Councils. During my work, I also visited the Georgian side of the buffer zone to South Ossetia. In 2008 a conflict erupted between Georgia and Russia over the break-away region of South Ossetia. The war had been over for more than three years, but there were still traces of it everywhere – not only on the houses and infrastructure, but also in the minds of the people living here.

One scene struck me in particular: a lonely, elderly woman walks down a muddy street as winter arrives in Ergneti, a town almost completely destroyed during the war. The losers of this political power game are the people living on either side of the buffer zone – people who lost wives, husbands, sons or daughters, who lost their homes and livelihoods amidst the shelling, burning and bombing of villages.”
Leica M6, Zeiss Sonnar C 1.50/50mm, Ilford FP4+

Peter Schön

Peter Schön is a graduate in the field of Snow and Avalanche Research. His capacity as an avalanche technician, mountain guide and leader of ski excursions frequently takes him to Norway. It was his love for the mountains that inspired his interest in photography. Working predominantly in black and white, Schön focuses much of his attention on the mountains of the Caucasus. He also pursues personal long-term projects, including multiple series on the internally displaced refugees of Armenia and Georgia.

www.ps-photo.net
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