First prize in the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2011 goes to the Danish photographer Jan Grarup for his portfolio ‘Haiti Aftermath.’
The central theme of ‘Haiti Aftermath’ focuses on the massive earthquake in Haiti on 12 January 2010 and its consequences. Jan Grarup’s portfolio shows the extent of the catastrophe and the fate of the survivors in pictures of enormous intensity. He sees his mission as a photographer as much more than the simple depiction of the current situation. The aim of his black-and-white photographs is to generate emotion.
“I think all photographers have one mission, which is to tell important stories. Some are focused (like mine) in war zones or areas that have been hit by catastrophes. The camera will be a part of me, like my other cameras.” ~Jan Grarup
View this portfolio : Haiti Aftermath
Read interview with Jan Grarup in Leica blog