Espen Rasmussen writes: ”In 2012 with Dewi Lewis Publishing, I published my book Transit, a seven-year-long journey around the world, documenting the lives of refugees and displaced people. I traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, to Syria and Yemen. I met people escaping violence and war in Colombia, Serbia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Chad. And I followed Rahman, a young boy living in Norway as an undocumented immigrant with no papers, for a period of two years. The book is about survival: how human beings are able to adapt and cope in surroundings that for most of us are impossible to live in. I spent most of the time talking to people, interviewing them, and documenting their everyday life as refugees and displaced people. In this edition of VII Interactive Book Club, I take you through the process of documenting refugees and displaced people around the world. I discuss how this project started as a single story, developed into a long-term project, and ended up as a book. I also talk about the editing process of the Transit book and the work leading up to a major exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.” Espen is still working on Transit, continuing to document refugees and displaced people.
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