Portraits of Jørgen Leth

In 2002, I spent 12 days in Haiti to interview and photograph Jørgen Leth. The result was a series of portraits and an article for Berlingske, a Danish newspaper.

During the period between 1999-2003, I studied photojournalism at Danish School of Journalism. A significant part of the education is an internship at a newspaper or media agency.

I did my internship at the tabloid B.T. and Scanpix, a photo agency, both part of Berlingske Media.

Towards the end of the internship, it was tradition to let the student work on a story they felt particular passioned about. This also happened in my case.

After some consideration, I choose to make a story about Jørgen Leth.

Jorgen Leth is a Danish poet and film director who is considered a leading figure in experimental documentary film making. Most notable are his epic documentary A Sunday in Hell (1977) and his surrealistic short film The Perfect Human (1967).

He lives in Haiti, by the way.

The portrait has since been used in numerous editorials and book covers.

Jørgen Leth photographed with his staff in his house in Jacmel, Haiti in 2012. Photograph by Jacob Langvad Nilsson
Jørgen Leth
Portrait of Jørgen Leth in his house, Jacmel, Haiti 2002