[ EPF 2013 FINALIST ]
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AMAZONAS is a raw and lyrical journey into the world’s largest rainforest. The intense documentary photographs lure you inside the uncanny wilderness, where gold-diggers, warriors, homosexuals in exile and isolated indigenous tribes collide on the threshold between nature and culture, instinct and reason, our origin and our future.
AMAZONAS is my personal encounter with the rainforest and the people living there. For more than six years and on month-long trips, I’ve been working on this personal project from which I here show you a selection.
AMAZONAS is dedicated to the place that enthralled my heart. To the Amazon I admire, fear and fear for.
Mads Nissen (1979)
Intimacy and presence are key words in my pictures that focus on the great challenges of our time, such as overpopulation, poverty and the relationship of humans to nature. In 2012 my work received five first prizes at the annual Danish Picture of Year, among these the prizes for Photo of the Year and Photographer of the Year. Over the years my work has received 14 prizes at the Danish Picture of the Year and internationally it has been awarded the World Press Photo and Picture of the Year and participated in the WPP Joop Swart Masterclass. I worked freelance for two years in Shanghai, China, and am currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark working with long term personal projects.