HORNSTRA, Rob. Roots of the Runtur.

(Utrecht): Self-published, 2006. First edition. Photographs and texts by Rob Hornstra. Additional texts by Ingvar Hogni Ragnarsson. Edited by Jelie Bloem and Robin Klaassen. The photographers second self-published book; a social documentary piece depicting workers in the fishing industry, now an industry of mass production rather than traditional craft. No longer attractive to the Icelandic youth, Eastern European and Asian migrant workers take up jobs in this industry, while Icelanders leave the fishing towns desolate. The story is told through portraits of the workers and portrayal of the common teenage night-time activity of the Runtur – driving a car around in circles, which seems to symbolise the hopelessness and monotony of life in these remote parts of Iceland. A very near fine copy in photo-illustrated boards, bump to top corner. Signed by the photographer on the front endpaper.


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