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Faces of the North — Small Edition

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Ragnar Axelsson

This revised and updated edition of Faces of the North (2004) features a selection of the iconic images that have established Ragnar Axelsson (RAX) as one of the leading photographers of our time. The result of over 30 years documenting the lives of hunters, fishermen, and farmers in the North, this collection is a rare testament to the people across Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland whose worlds and ways of life have now all but disappeared.

With the original foreword by Mary Ellen Mark.

Raised on an isolated farm in southern Iceland, Ragnar Axelsson (born 1958) became captivated early on by the brutal beauty of the North Atlantic and the delicate interactions between its inhabitants and their environment. Born of that fascination, Faces of the North, first published in 2004, established Axelsson as one of the leading documentary photographers of our time. Long out of print, Faces of the North is now republished. In the 2004 edition of Faces of the North, Axelsson collected the images of farmers, hunters and fishermen in the Arctic and the Atlantic that he became best known for.

144 pages
98 black-and-white images
246×187 mm
Printed in tritone

Original foreword by Mary Ellen Mark

Edited and designed by
Einar Geir Ingvarsson

More at

Design Awards 2017

Interview with RAX 

Glacier feature and interview with RAX


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08 December 2020
Kristina D.
United States United States
Faces of the North

Beautiful art, love showing this off to friends and family! I miss Iceland!

07 July 2020
Gary G.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
RAX Book. New version of a classic

Fantastic. Really fast postage and a superb new version of a classic photographic book. If you’re a photographer don’t think about it, just buy one.

18 June 2020
Paul F.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

All good thanks