Horns, Uummannaq, West Greenland 1998 © Ragnar Axelsson


Masauna Kristiansen with whip, Inglefield Fjord, North Greenland 1987 © Ragnar Axelsson


Girl in a swing, Tiniteqilaaq, East Greenland 1997 © Ragnar AxelssonLitt


Little Bent with puppy, Kap Hope (Itterajivit), East Greenland 1995 © Ragnar Axelsson


Dog sledge on Herbert Island, North Greenland 2001 © Ragnar Axelsson


Masuna Kristiansen waking up on the ice, Qaanaaq, North Greenland 1987 © Ragnar Axelsson


Dog in a chain, Sermiliqaq, East Greenland 1997 © Ragnar Axelsson


Child in window, Sermiliqaq, East Greenland 1999 © Ragnar Axelsson


Hunters Gideon and Ole cutting narwhal, Qaanaaq, North Greenland 1987 © Ragnar Axelsson

Work / Photography

What’s On: Last Days of the Arctic

It’s all too easy for landscape photographs to fall into clumsily-recognisable tropes – which in the case of the Arctic often manifests as “serene, imposing, beauty.” But having spent 30 years photographing the Arctic in Greenland, Ragnar Axelsson has an intuitive empathy for the region. His pictures can be beautiful but they can also be bleak – unsettling in a gnawing, subtle way. Of course the name of this show at Proud Chelsea makes his agenda fairly clear, and so through his sparse snowscapes, and particularly the faces of the men, women and children he captures, Ragnar invites us to witness the end of something that’ll never return.

The show runs until March 18.