Håkan Ludwigson made his first trip to the Northern Territory in 1980. Turning his back on a successful career in the fashion world, the young photographer followed the calling of the Australian outback to make the trip of a lifetime. The impact of this decision was to change the course of his life and, five years later, he returned to photograph these extraordinary men and women, revealing the individual personalities caked in the red dust and dirt of the outback.
Although Hasselblad had, at the outset, commissioned this assignment, it had now evolved into a more personal project and Håkan therefore remained in Australia for a further two months, financing the venture himself.
Thirty years on the work has been reappraised, resulting in a definitive photo book on the subject and an accompanying exhibition.
30 years have passed but I still have such vivid memories of all of you whom I met and photographed during my journeys in outback Australia. While working with this book and exhibition, I have often wondered about what happened to you all. What turns did your life take? How do you look back on those dusty years? What are the memories, tales and thoughts that lead up to the present? I wanted these histories to be part of the book but you have moved around and I have not been able to track you down. So, instead, if you find yourself in this book, I hope that you will let me know where I can find you today, because I would be grateful if you could contribute to this historical documentation. The essays will be published on the website as they are submitted, creating a unique combination of traditional book publishing and interactive web publishing.
All you have to do is fill in the form, giving name and contact details and I will give you a call. We will take care of the rest!
Looking forward to talking to you again.
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