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@simonnorfolkstudio  A photographer whose work over the past 20 yrs has been themed around a probing & stretching of the meaning of the word ‘battlefield’ in all its forms

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Tik’al is one of the largest pre-Columbian sites. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now Guatemala. The ruins lie among the tropical rainforests  hat formed the hearth of lowland Maya civilisation. Tik’al reached its peak during the Classic Period (CE 200 to CE 900). During this time, the city dominated the Maya region militarily, economically and politically. A dynastic line has been established for the city, including at least 33 rulers spanning 800 years. Studies of hieroglyphic inscriptions found at the site indicate that the city was then known as Yax Mutal or Yax Mutul. The site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979. Here photographed on assignment for National Geographic, Temple 2 / Temple of the Masks (centre), Temple 3 / Temple of the Jaguar Priest (left), and Temple 4 / Temple of the Headed Serpent (right.) Photographed from the the 47m (154ft) high Temple 1 / Temple of the Great Jaguar. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @natgeo #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #guatemala #mayaworld #mayanworld #peten #history #heritage #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #archaeology #mayaruins #mayanruins #igtravel #visualarchitects #lighting #dusk #tikal #pyramid #temple

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Chichen Itzá was a large pre-Columbian Maya city in Yucatán State, Mexico, and a major focal point in the Maya Lowlands for over 500 years. The city may have had the most diverse population in the whole of the Maya World. The presence of central Mexican architectural styles at the site was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most recent interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion. Here photographed whilst on assignment for National Geographic Magazine, El Castillo, also called the Temple of Chac-Mool or the Temple of Kukulcán. At 25m (82ft) high, it is a type of Mayan calendar in stone: at the spring and autumn equinox, the shadow of a ‘serpent’ crawls down the balustrade. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @galleryluisotti @benrubi_gallery @natgeo #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #mexico #mayaworld #mayanworld #yucatan #history #heritage #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #archaeology #mayaruins #mayanruins #igtravel #visualarchitects #lighting #dusk #chichenItza #chaacmool #elcastillo #astronomy #Kukulcán at Chichén Itzá

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20 days ago

This sublime architectural marvel, Grundtvig’s Church, is located in the Bispebjerg district of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is a rare example of expressionist church architecture, built in honour of the influential 19th century Danish philosopher, historian, minister, poet and reformer N.F.S. Grundtvig. The superior might of the church’s eye-watering construction was the combined effort of three generations of Danish architects and designers from a single family. Initiated by Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint, construction began in 1921, but after his death in 1930 his son, famed architect and designer Kaare Klint, was entrusted with the task, and later, Kaare’s son, Esben Klint, joined the project. The church was finally completed in 1940. The design is meant to be a synthesis of numerous building styles, merging the scale of Gothic vertical architecture with geometric expressionism and traditional Danish vernacular. More than 6 million bricks form a serene, minimalist look, juxtaposed with a soaring facade that evokes the shape of a church organ. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #denmark #copenhagen #Grundtvig #church #Lutheran #history #heritage #igtravel #wanderlust #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #visualarchitects #sublime #architecture #Jensen-Klint #KaareKlint #Danish #Bispebjerg #impressive #scale #expressionist #design at Grundtvigs Kirke

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21 days ago

Thanks to the Fundación Antonio Pérez / Museo de Fotografía in Huete for bringing an exhibition of my work to Cuenca, Spain… “Genocidio, Paisaje y Memoria” (‘Genocide, Landscape & Memory’) “An exhibition featuring 40 photographs that offer a reflective look at places of conflict and spaces devastated by war, all of them after September 11, 2001 and the conflicts in Afghanistan, Baghdad, Bosnia, Beirut and Israel / Palestine.” From the exhibition: photographed in snow, a red oxide waste pond at an aluminium factory complex at Petkovići, Bosnia. Hundreds of men and boys were massacred nearby. Some of their bodies believed thrown in the lake, others piled into mass graves. The war was in many ways innovative. It raised to common currency the terms ‘ethnic cleansing,’ and ‘ humanitarian intervention;’ and was the first war fought very much under the eyes of the media. In addition, it was the first conflict fought by killers who knew, before the war had even finished, that a war crimes tribunal awaited them. … many of these killers tried to conceal their crimes after the event. Exhibition Address: Museo de Fotografía, C/ De El Cristo, 5-16500, Huete, Cuenca, Spain. Tel 628 61 93 22 www.fundacionantonioperez.com Exhibition Dates: from 30 June to 30 September 2018 Inaguration: 13:00, Saturday 30 June Incluye una selección de 40 fotografías que ofrecen una mirada reflexiva sobre lugares en conflicto y espacios devastados por la guerra, todas ellas posteriores al 11 de septiembre de 2001 y de los conflictos en Afganistán, Bagdad, Bosnia, Beirut e Israel/Palestina. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #battlefield #war #aftermath #bosnia #Petkovici #photojournalism #genocide #bosnianwar #warcrimes #landscape #memory #documentary #lensculture #visualarchitects #socialdocumentary #exhibition #retrospective #Petkovići #cuenca #huete #simonnorfolkstudio @fundacionantonioperez @gasnaturalfenosa at Petkovići, Federation Of Bosnia And Herzegovina, Bosnia And Herzegovina

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21 days ago

Chichen Itzá was a large pre-Columbian Maya city in Yucatán State, Mexico, and a major focal point in the Maya Lowlands for over 500 years. The city may have had the most diverse population in the whole of the Maya World. The presence of central Mexican architectural styles at the site was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most recent interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion. Here photographed on assignment for National Geographic Magazine, El Caracol (right, with El Castillo in the background, left). El Caracol (built c. CE906) is believed to have been an ancient Maya observatory building, providing a way for the Maya to observe changes in the skies above. Sight lines for at least twenty astronomical events (equinoxes, solstices, eclipses etc.) can be found in the structure. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #mexico #mayaworld #mayanworld #yucatan #history #heritage #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #archaeology #mayaruins #mayanruins #igtravel #visualarchitects #lighting #dusk #chichenItza #chaacmool #elcaracol #astronomy #observatory at Chichén Itzá

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22 days ago

More votive ships, this time in Marstal church, on the island of Ærø, Denmark. The altarpiece is by the Danish painter, Carl Rasmussen. A tradition stemming from the Middle Ages and seen throughout Christian Europe. Often the ships model real counterparts and carry a name like Håbet (“Hope”.) Some model ships were gifted by thankful survivors of shipwrecks, or given in hope for protection on the open seas. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #denmark #ribe #ribekloster #votiveship #Lutheran #history #heritage #igtravel #wanderlust #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #visualarchitects #Marstal #Ærø at Marstal

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Stop the clock! It’s mid-June and the search for 2018’s weirdest museum goes to the Flaske Peter Museum on the Danish island of Ærø. After several rooms of the zenith of ship-in-a-bottle art from the late, great Peter Jacobsen, king of the ship in a bottle and a personal hero of mine, we move on to an exhibit of 1950’s Baltic island hospital equipment. The highlight for me was the display of speculum, proctorscope and urethrascope shown off by wonderful carved-wood bottoms and genitals. The penile clamp at the end looks like a moose wearing headphones. I was profoundly moved. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #denmark #Ærø #bums #hospitalequipment #museum #FlaskePeterMuseum #urethrascope #igtravel #danish #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #visualarchitects #speculum #weird #extraordinary #AEroskobing #craftsmanship at Flaske-Peters Samling

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28 days ago

One of a fleet of over a thousand ‘votive ships’ hanging in Lutheran churches throughout Denmark. A tradition stemming from the Middle Ages and seen throughout Christian Europe. Often the ships model real counterparts and carry a name like Håbet (“Hope”.) Some model ships were gifted by thankful survivors of shipwrecks, or given in hope for protection on the open seas. Here photographed in St Catherine’s Priory in Ribe (also known as Ribe Kloster.) Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #denmark #ribe #ribekloster #votiveship #Lutheran #history #heritage #igtravel #wanderlust #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #visualarchitects #Catharinæ #Kirke #Kloster at St. Catherine's Priory, Ribe

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The Rundetaarn (English: ‘Round Tower’) in Copenhagen, was constructed between 1637 and 1642 as an astronomical observatory. To reach the top of the tower, a 685ft (209m) long, 25 ft (7.5m) wide, helical ‘ staircase’ ramps its way to the top of the building. The core of the staircase straddles Denmarks ‘Point Zero’ (0,0 degrees of longitude and latitude) - the position used by astronomer Tomas Bugge in his triangulation and mapping of Denmark. The ramp shown here in this photograph doubles up as an occasional cycle track - a medal in the Rundetaarn's collection indicates that the first bicycle race held in the tower took place as early as 1888, and in 1989, Thomas Olsen went up and down the Round Tower on a unicycle in a fraction over 108 seconds. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #denmark #copenhagen #roundtower # Rundetaarn #history #heritage #architecture #mapping #pointzero #bicyclerace #TomasBugge #igtravel #wanderlust #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #visualarchitects at Rundetaarn

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Kabáh is a Maya archaeological site located in Yucatán state, Mexico. Research has suggested that the area was inhabited from the 3rd century BCE, but most of the architectural remains today were constructed between the 7th and 11th centuries CE. Kabáh was linked to the larger Maya city of Uxmal 11miles (18km) to the north by a 16ft (5m) wide raised causeway, with stone arches at each end. Here photographed whilst on assignment for National Geographic, the highly textured “Palace of the Masks” which features a stone façade adorned with 260 carvings of the rain god Chaac. Ancient traces of copal (an incense which is still used in ritual offerings by the Maya today), was found in the noses of these stone ‘masks.’ It is believed that the emphasis here on venerating Chaac as ‘protector of the harvest’, can be explained by the much drier climate in the northern Yucatán, where rainfall was an imperative, especially in the absence of natural reservoirs (cenotes) to draw upon to help guarantee the crops. The first descriptive account of the Palace of the Masks was published by Stephens and Catherwood in 1843, but the site is still being mapped, explored and released from the jungle. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #mexico #mayaworld #mayanworld #yucatan #history #heritage #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #archaeology #mayaruins #mayanruins #igtravel #visualarchitects #lighting #dusk #chaac #Kabah #exploration #discovery at Kabah, Yucatan, Mexico

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From today I am no longer represented by Institute. Watching them cross a picket line of striking cinema workers so they could sit and watch their swanky movie première made me furious. The projectionists want just £10.30/ hr. The Directors of Institute seemed utterly baffled when I suggested we show solidarity. Bewildered. Like I'd asked them to eat themselves. And the film was about inequality and the ultra rich! It’s beyond satire. All enquiries to me directly from now on. Thx, S.

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Palenque (Spanish: [pa’leŋke] (meaning “fortification”); Yucatec Mayan: Bàakʼ /ɓàːkʼ/) was a Maya city state in what is now Chiapas, Mexico that dates from circa 226 BCE to c. 799 CE. After its decline, the site was re-absorbed into the jungle, but has since been excavated and restored. Much of Palenque’s history has been pieced together from a deciphering of the hieroglyphic inscriptions on the many monuments, and historians now have in-depth knowledge of the city-state’s interplay with other rival city states. Here photographed at Palenque, the Temple of the Cross Complex(the three main temples that comprise the Cross Complex are aligned to form a cross.). Left to right: the Temple of the Sun with the Temple of the Inscriptions behind; Temple XIV; El Palacio in the background and bottom right, the staircase rising to the Temple Of The Cross. Shot on assignment for National Geographic Magazine. When the Spanish arrived in Chiapas in the 16th century, Palenque had been largely abandoned and the region was very sparsely populated. Father Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada was the first European to present a description of the ruins which he named Palenque, and according to his early accounts, the stone structures were still stucco-rendered and painted blue and red. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. @simonnorfolkstudio @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #mexico #mayaworld #mayanworld #yucatan #history #heritage #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #archaeology #mayaruins #mayanruins #igtravel #visualarchitects #lighting #dusk #palenque #pyramid #pyramid #chiapas at Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico

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