Joachim Ladefoged

Joachim Ladefoged


Joachim Ladefoged b. 1970

Joined the VII Photo Agency in 2004.

In 1987, at the age of 16, Joachim's dream of becoming a soccer player was shattered when he was almost crippled by rheumatism. A year later he got his first camera, with the hope that photography could bring him closer to the activities his illness prevented him from. Three years later he joined a small regional newspaper in Denmark, shooting up to six assignments a day. From 1995-1998 he was a staff photographer at the national newspaper, Politiken.

He has worked in more than 50 countries for magazines such as The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Mare, TIME and Newsweek.

He has won international recognition for covering war, conflict and ordinary life. Visa d'Or, World Press Photo, Life Magazine, AGFA and Denmark's Picture of the Year competition, are among the organizations that have seen fit to award Joachim for his work. He has been named one of Photo District News Magazine's '30 under 30,' and has participated in the Joop Swart Master Class at World Press Photo.

In 2000 he published his first book, Albanians, about the turbulent life of the Albanians between 1997-1999, from the pyramid scheme collapse to the war, exodus and subsequent homecoming to Kosovo.

At VII he has contributed to two major book projects, «Tsunami» and the «Congo: Forgotten War." He has had several solo & group exhibitions and is represented at the collection of the Danish Royal Library.

He is credited with being one of the driving forces behind the new wave of Danish photojournalism.

In February 2008, he will release his second book, Mirror, about the obsessive world of bodybuilding.

Joachim lives in Denmark, with his wife and their two boys.