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Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) feature story

On an endless scene of apocalyptic images of destruction, rubble and death, it seems hard to understand that these islands are the destination of many a traveller, looking for the tropical paradise of intangible dreams.

This is the story and images from the battlefield Haiyan left behind. From endless fields of broken palm trees, from villages transformed into piles of rubble, families, individuals and children are returning to ground zero – or what used to be called home. Some return to rebuild, some search for belongings or loved ones buried under the rubble. Often the search continues in a smell of decay under the burning sun and high humidity, bringing the public health situation at risk.

Village of Tolosa, Leyte Province, Philippines. The second site where Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall. With sustained wind speeds of 250 km/t vast areas of coconut farming were destroyed leaving an apocalyptic wasteland behind.

Village of Tolosa, Leyte Province, Philippines. The second site where Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall. With sustained wind speeds of 250 km/t vast areas of coconut farming were destroyed leaving an apocalyptic wasteland behind.

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Philippines super typhoon response

Quick update from a shaky internet connection. I’m in the Philippines, making my way into the disaster areas to cover the aftermath of the Haiyan typhoon. More to come. A huge Thank You to all who helped me already on this trip!

Entangled – new project from the streets of Paris

For a French/Danish art exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark, I was invited to create an exhibition showcasing a few corners in Paris, seen through my eyes as a humanitarian photographer. It was a project of many twists and turns along the way – and fantastic people both in the research phase and on the streets in Paris. The exhibition has just ended and more than 2500 people came out to see it – for those who couldn’t be there, I’m very happy to share it with you here. As this was not a direct photojournalistic project I had the artistic freedom to work on and develop the rough, dirty feeling of the streets more than my normal projects allow me, this was a great experience. A big thank you goes out to the people behind for the organization of some great days. This is the story I created for them.

“Do you want some food?” a wrinkled woman asks me. I kindly turn down her offer and tell her I am fine. “Are you sure?” she insists “It’s for everybody!”.

This is not an offer of politeness, she has spotted me from across the square, and she genuinely cares.

It’s Wednesday night, I’m sitting on a cold stone in Place de Budapest, Paris. Resto Du Coeur has rolled out their tables and food is being served to a line of around 150 waiting people. Simultaneously this scene is being repeated in several other locations across town, tonight and all other days of the week.

Paris 2012 by Kasper Nybo #1

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Join me in Copenhagen this weekend

For a French/Danish art festival I’ve created a series of images highlighting the current social and economic challenges sweeping over Europe, affecting the everyday lives of many. The images are produced over the course of 8 days in November 2012, during a long series of walks through the streets of Paris. Shooting was done day and night, under and above ground, on the boulevards and in the gutter. The subjects are isolated, captured on the distressed stage of the streets, one fate unaware of the next, one path crossing another. In a maze of entangled journeys each subject is frozen in its own frame.

The series is a preview of a planned project focussed on documenting the current social challenges in Europe, resulting in the rapid growth of the “new-poor” class.

More than 1000 people came by yesterday, and you can still catch the show today January 20 in Øksnehallen in Copenhagen. I’ll be there all day today and would love to see you there.

Exhibition in Øksnehallen Copenhagen

In Paris

For the last week I’ve been on the streets in Paris, researching and building a new project on social issues in the heart of Europe. A bigger preview should launch in January, and further funding will determine the longer term future of this project. The current economic situation is rapidly evolving into very practical everyday challenges for many people throughout Europe. It’s sometimes easy to overlook the problems in our own backyard, but the issues at hand demands and deserves an equal amount of attention.

New articles

I’m still catching up with updating you on everything that’s going on, some of it made it to my Facebook page, and the rest I’m really happy to share with you now.

In mid-October a longer interview, featuring some of my thought processes when I’m shooting, was published on the blog of If you don’t know the site – and have an interest in photography – you definitely owe to yourself to go there and explore. They feature some of the best photography in the world, from so many talented people – and I’m proud to tell some of my story through their blog, recently voted one of the 25 most important blogs in the world by TIME Magazine.

So if you want to come with me behind the lens, read this article: Humanitarian Photographer Kasper Nybo interviewed by 500px

As some might know I’m a great supporter of the Crowdfunding concept, as it made some of my exhibitions last year possible. I’ve already talked about it in previous interviews, and was very happy to do it again for the Danish Actors’ Association. They want to promote the use of crowdfunding for artists to realize their own projects. I couldn’t agree more with this and shared my story and what I believe are good keys to success with crowdfunding. The article is in Danish, but let me know if you have any specific questions, and I’ll answer them the best I can.

You’ll find the article right here
and you can find the full magazine here



New workshop

Last week was such a beautiful experience! I always enjoy sharing my passion for photojournalism with other people, and this was no exception, as I was teaching a full workshop on visual storytelling to a great editorial team in Red Cross. In a matter of days a group of truly motivated people went from hardly having used anything but a camera phone, to discussing shutter times and best use of light to tell a story. It was astounding to see their progress and continuous attention, as we worked through some long days of talking, discussing, testing, failing and learning. I’m so happy to have met each and everyone of the attendants, and that they set the time aside in their busy publishing schedule. I greatly look forward to see their progress and continued work in creating visual stories.

Inspiration was a big part of this workshop, and one of my favorite subjects, talking about the importance of developing your visual language is so close to my heart, and always inspiring to me to see people starting to explore this language for themselves. After that, technique becomes a natural tool you’ll want to master to be able to speak your voice, and that approach is so fundamentally different than first falling in love with big cameras and many buttons. We did of course cover a lot of technical ground, and in the end saw the first results of visual stories being made. Great experience – great people!

Kasper Nybo with a few of the workshop students from the Red Cross editorial team.


Quick update

Life is moving extremely fast these days, and I haven’t been able to keep up to date online. My bad! I’m busy developing new projects and finding contacts and funding for them. It’s a lot of long processes but many seem to be coming together now – and I’m really excited about it. After the latest exhibition in January, a bit of press coverage have helped with new contacts. About a month ago I was contacted by a great Canadian art and culture magazine “Georgie”, for an interview about my humanitarian work. They are great people and I was of course honored to work with them. They’ve just published the issue where my work – and a few thoughts – are featured, and they’ve done an amazing job! Thanks guys! Read the full article, and help me spread the word here:

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