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Joakim Eskildsen: The Roma Journeys

Born in Copenhagen in 1971, Joakim Eskildsen is a documentary photographer who has wielded his camera all over the world. From 2000 to 2006, Eskildsen and Swedish writer Cia Rinne undertook a seven-country journey with the intent of exploring the lives of the Roma, a subgroup of the Romani people who live scattered throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The photographic series and corresponding book are called The Roma Journeys.

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The Roma were originally called gypsies when they first arrived in Europe over 500 years ago, as they were mistakenly believed to have come from Egypt. Today, although spread across countries and continents, the Roma share a common biological, cultural and linguistic history that can be connected with certain dialects of northwest India. Although traditionally known as nomads, the Roma largely live in settled communities, but their cultural history is complicated and enigmatic.

The Roma Journeys consists of seven series in different countries, in rough chronological order of the journey. For the selection of color images that comprise this slideshow, Eskilsen used both Pentax and Hasselblad medium-format cameras — machinery that uses large film negatives and yields beautiful, lurid imagery that is unrivaled, in some ways, by even the best of digital cameras. A second edition of the book will soon be for sale on the artist's Web site. Be sure to have a look at the rest of this wonderful collection.