Espen Rasmussen, an Oslo-based photographer, has spent seven years documenting displaced people around the world for his Transitproject, a multimedia work that includes photography, video, a website, and an exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo. The videos blend Rasmussen’s photographs and interviews, edited together by Anna Stevens at Panos Pictures, to tell the personal stories of people coping in the wake of devastating events. In this segment, he interviews women in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where 1.9 million people have been displaced. The photographer reflects on the ongoing project in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel.
“Photojournalists travel the world, using their cameras to tell stories about how we live and who we are. Their tales are often of war, famine or disease; sometimes, of triumph and joy. The disasters in Haiti one year ago and now in Japan challenge even the best photojournalists to compose a shot that helps us get a sense of the horrific scale of destruction that nature has visited upon both countries. NPR photographer David Gilkey takes us on a tour of these forbidden landscapes and the people who are left to inhabit them. Though their respective tragedies are half a world apart, the stories these pictures tell of destruction and loss are eerily similar.”