At the same time that thousands of refugees escape to Europe many are stuck in surrounding contries like Turkey. The Khan family flet Syria three years ago and have lived in Istanbul since. The children can’t attend school and the father doesn't even make enough money to pay the rent. »How am I supposed to pay the trip to Europe when I can’t even pay the rent for this apartment?« the father Abdul asks with frustration in his voice. At the moment 12 people live together in the small apartment in the neighborhood of Tarlabaşı.
MINT member Kasper Palsnov recently moved to Istanbul, Turkey. He did this story in cooperation with journalist Nanna Muus for the Danish daily Dagbladet Information.
Read the whole article here (in Danish).
The preciousness of being on the road. Step by step. Moving slowly.
The surf in my face makes me forget about myself. The cool breeze in her hair. The vastness.
Here I am.
Uncertain what comes next.
As days are getting shorter you are setting out one last time to catch life before it’s hibernation. You stroll the streets of this unknown city to find something you can relate to. All you wish for the next weekend is to spend it like back when you were a kid, when there were still so many things you couldn’t explain and therefore amazed you even more. You go back home to find that warm feeling in your stomach in the old living room. You can see the smoke crawling out of the chimney from the house you grew up in. You arrive and you are nowhere but there.
MINT is back from summer! We had bright days and dark nights, warm baths with cold drinks, colored guitar tunes paired with angel voices.
Here are some of our moments, we like to share with you. New work is in progress and we are looking forward to an interesting winter with many fresh projects.
Good you're back too!
In centuries the Made in Italy textile industry has been a name of luxury and prestige. The tradition and honor in using the famous label have brought wealth and jobs to many regions in Italy - especially in Toscana in the north. But Europe is changing and so is Italy. In the city of Prato, 30 minutes outside Florence, Chinese immigrants began arriving in the beginning of the 1990’s. Since that more than 50.000 Chinese have moved to the city which now consists of 25% Chinese immigrants.
There are several issues with this development mainly due to the lack of control with the immigration. Up to 20% of the Chinese people in Prato are with no permanent residence which means they can only work on illegal factories up to 15 hours a day with no days off and living under terrible conditions.
But the immigrants also have a dream of an ordinary western life - a life with education, freedom and a place where they feel like home.
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This summer MINT photographer Kasper Palsnov travelled to Toscana to document this for the Danish daily Berlingske. The story was made in cooperation with journalist Christina Boutrup who wrote a great piece on the issue.
The story was printed on 3 spreads in the Sunday issue of Berlingske and was made as a long-read on their website (read here, in Danish only).
Once you take a picture of something it’s already in the past. I started out with photography with a fascination for that very basic notion. Now, some years later, I tried to make sense of all the notes I took along the way. I went through about 400 rolls of film of the last 7 years and came up with this book, diverted into five chapters.
You can flip through all of it here.
Music by Sopha.
You always had trouble concentrating, ever since you can remember. You read "death of a salesman" back when you were 15 and imagined what your life would be like with two sons of your own. Would you take them to church these rare days you’re not away on business? You’re late for work as it is, and there’s hardly time to appreciate how the city unfolds beneath you. You wonder what that guy you saw playing at the bar yesterday night might be doing right now, then your phone rings.