Following an apprenticeship to Rigmor Mydtskov, the Danish court photographer, Eskildsen went on to study photography at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland. In his book The Roma Journeys, with texts by Cia Rinne, he portrays the life of the Roma community in India and in various Eastern European countries. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Kristianstads Museum, Sweden; Kunsthalle, Emden, Germany; and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, among others. He currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
"Nordic Signs – I think I have a sense of them here, something which is wild and yet inhabitable, but with a strong sense of weather, wind, and destiny. Nordic Signs is a photographic work on northern Europe, a hymn to nature, and the people who live in it. The photographs were made in Norway, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands from 1989 to 1994. Fireworks was made on New Years Eve on the Lofoten Islands in Norway between 1990 and 1991, with an exposure time of 45 minutes. I was standing still the whole time, overlooking the scenery." JOAKIM ESKILDSEN
Joakim Eskildsen. Fireworks, from the series Nordic Signs, 1991.