Photographs by Kim Thue.
dienacht Publishing, 2012. 108 pp., illustrated throughout, 7x9½".
This book is a raw and bewildering journey through the fringes of Freetown, capital city of Sierra Leone.
Shot over the course of two separate trips, Kim Thue spent 10 months living in close proximity to a notoriously rough area of the slums, digging deep into the livelihoods and emotions of his subjects. Through a visual stream of unsung tragedies, vulnerable integrity and chance encounters, his efforts leave us with an engaging account of a corner of the world normally unrevealed to most of us.
“Despite Sierra Leone being renowned for its brutal civil war, I didn’t have a hidden political agenda, a specific humanitarian issue or even a clear story in mind whilst making the book. I went to Freetown, not as a photojournalist, but as a stranger with a camera and an open heart. What I hope to have created is something the viewer can tune into emotionally. Something that hits a nerve without being coercive in nature, and without staking a monopoly on a specific kind of truth. A collection of images simply suggesting that the inextricable coexistence of beauty and dread is an ever present theme within this vigorous and inclement city.” – Kim Thue
“DEAD TRAFFIC is a strongly authored black and white experience, which cleverly invites you to lean into sharp places from start to finish.” – Clayton Maxwell, writer and photography critic at Eyemazing Magazine
Includes an interview by Luca Desienna, Co-owner and Chief Editor of Gomma Online and Gomma Books Ltd.
Read Melanie McWhorter’s photo-eye Blog post on Dead Traffic here.