Last year before Christmas I was contacted by Swedish journalist Hugo Lindkvist. He had done a piece on a new book by Lisbeth Zornig Andersen, Mikael Lindholm & Lotus Turéll and now he needed some portraits of Lisbeth Zornig herself.
Meanwhile the article was being written during the fall of 2015, Hugo Lindkvist had been following the case where Lisbeth Zornig Andersen and her husband Mikael Lindholm were facing charges from the police after having driven a Syrian family from Rødby to Kastrup Airport in Copenhagen.
Lisbeth Zornig herself describes how the family clearly was in need of help and with small children, the youngest being 5 years old, she felt that something had to be done. The police refused to answer directly to their questions about whether or not they were committing a crime by picking up the family and therefore they chose to follow through. A few months later and just around the time of these portraits, they were both charged for human trafficking.
To me Lisbeth Zornig has always been a great inspiration and a personal hero. Her work both as debater and as a guardian of children's right she has made a strong impact on me. Therefore meeting her meant a lot to me.
We did the portraits close to both my home and her office at Assistens Kirkegården (a graveyard in Copenhagen) and at a local church. I felt inspired by her strength and her calm and wanted to depict that in my pictures. I chose to keep a darker tone on them, given the matter of the article.
Earlier this month the court decided to fine Lisbeth Zornig Andersen and her husband for human trafficking and the case itself has gotten a lot of attention abroad. The article written by Hugo Lindkvist and a few of the pictures have been published on line. You can read the text (in Swedish) and view it her: