Emerging Photography Contender: Camille Michel

For The last men, Paris-based photographer Camille Michel tells the tale of the Inuit people who make their homes in the island of Uummannaq, Greenland, where globalization and climate change are slowly but surely making an indelible mark. 

Writes Michel in her Artist Statement, “The 1282 inhabitants of Uummannaq are essentially hunters and fishermen. The island hides many treasures: a marble quarry, mummies from an ancient civilization, or Santa’s home. Not far from a hut made of peat, the cave shelters outcast and lonesome souls. Myths and legends are numerous. The lifestyle is still traditional but the magic of the landscape is now affected by modern infrastructures: a gas station, an industrial area, a fish factory.”

“Change is happening: the climate is changing, the ice floe is unstable, cruse ships are appearing, westernization is progressing, and pollution is increasing with the import of ‘modern products.’ In town, the waste is burnt in the open air, as there is no waste facility. Regionalization and globalization are settling down. Doors of houses are slowly closing down. Hunters still imitate the sound of birds to lead the wolves forward, but the ice is too fragile. The Last Men is an odd tale, a poetic document about disappearance.”

All images © Camille Michel

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