Joakim Eskildsen is a Danish photographer educated in Finland at Aalto University and one of the most published and recognized photographers to emerge from the Helsinki School. He is most noted for his documentary photographic monographs that take a very personal view in depicting communities on the fringes of society. Despite seemingly melancholic undertones, Eskildsen achieves an overwhelming closeness in his work, often by living alongside his subjects for long periods of time. Throughout all his various publications, Eskildsen has demonstrated an innate sense for capturing an intimacy with his subjects much in the same manner as Diane Arbus. It’s not one factor but a combination of many that establishes Eskildsen as one of the most notable documentary photographers of his generation. Whether it be the light or the temperament of any given moment, his ability to focus on the center of what he feels is the essential element in a given picture, lending it a life of its own.

Joakim Eskildsen was born in Copenhagen in 1971 and currently lives in Germany. His work has been exhibited extensively around the world in both solo and group exhibitions, including the solo exhibitions American Realities, Haus des Buches, (Leipzig, 2018), Nordic Signs and The Roma Journeys, Purdy Hicks Gallery, (London, 2018). He has also had several monographs published, including Nordic Signs (1995), Bluetide (1997), iChickenMoon (1999), The Roma Journeys (2007, Steidl), American Realities (2016, Steidl), Cornwall (2018, Mare) and his series Home Works (2020). He is a member of The Helsinki School focusing on contemporary Nordic, documentary photography.