In the Picture: TRANSIT with Espen Rasmussen
Espen Rasmussen, Norwegian photographer and picture editor for Norway’s largest daily, Verdens Gang, has spent nearly seven years compiling the TRANSIT project. TRANSIT documents the plight of some of the 43 million refugees and displaced people around the world today. On the run from conflict, political persecution or natural disasters, desperate people, uprooted from their communities, undertake arduous journeys to find safety for themselves and their families. From the displaced of the war in Georgia, to the Janjaweed who kill and rape in Darfur, Rasmussen traveled to 10 different countries, recording the lives of individuals trying to make new lives for themselves after fleeing their homes, and the hardships that set them on the run.
TRANSIT has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and the Independent amongst other publications and is currently on display at the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo. Updates about exhibitions and articles relating to the project can be found on the TRANSIT Facebook page. Copies of the TRANSIT book will be for sale at a signing after the event.
Rasmussen has won multiple awards including two at World Press Photo and is represented by London based agency, Panos Pictures.