Magazine article Geographical

Life on the Line: People of the Arctic Circle

Magazine article Geographical

Life on the Line: People of the Arctic Circle

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LIFE ON THE LINE: People of the Arctic Circle by Cristian Barnett Polarworld, hb, 30 [pounds sterling]

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For a photographer, Cristian Barnett has some radical ideas. 'Not to take a photograph is so often the best way to personally engage with something,' he says. It's a view perhaps at odds with his disclosure, in the interview that closes this book, that a visit to Auschwitz where he examined photographs taken by the Nazis of arriving children, made him aware of how complicit an act photography can be. That aside, this collection of images is a study of communities; his attempt 'to find the welcome'.

The place in question is the Arctic Circle, the line at which, once a year, there's a day where the sun doesn't set and another on which it doesn't rise. Travelling that line, Barnett captures a wide variety of peoples, each with a 'distinctive genius for living in a northern setting'. …

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