Karl Leonsson hold his daughter, Ronja, during a photo shoot in the Faroe Islands. Benjamin Rasmussen.
What do you understand by documentary photography?
Documentary photography helps me understand the world around me and explore the different parts of my national and cultural identity. Current project I am working on are investigating what it means for me to be Faroese, to be a male living in the American west and to be a citizen of a country so deeply involved in Afghanistan. The documentary projects are fueled by my personal exploration, but I hope to create a body of honest images that resonate with others who are thinking about these same questions.
I think that for documentary photography to be powerful it has come from a process that teaches the photographer as much about himself as about the subjects. If we want to move people with out pictures we have to be open to allow the process of capturing them to move us as well.