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Vekst i det vanskelige
publisher: Gyldendal Akademisk, Norway, 2013
‘Vekst i det vanskelige’ (Growing in difficulty) is a 512-page book by Hanne Johnsen that focuses on the challenging life situations and childhood conditions faced by children and youth at risk in the Barents region, Russia.
For four years Hanne Johnsen photographed and interviewed these children and young people, whom she got to know intimately as she observed them grow and develop. Through the conversations and recorded interviews with Johnsen, these children share their experiences and acquired knowledge of fear, violence, abuse and neglect, and their experience of development, coping, and hope.
The design and typography of the book weaves together (over four chapters in three typefaces) the different voices and layers of content: Johnsen’s photographic sequences interspersed with drawings made by the children; her observations and interviews with them; and 12 essays by those who have worked with and researched vulnerable children.
My responsibility as book designer and typographer (also friend, supporter, soul-mate on the book part of the journey) was to help keep the vision intact by designing and making a book with respect to the children and youth that represented their own dignity, their perspective, as captured by Johnsen in her photographs and in the interviews she conducted with them over such an extensive period of time. For 12 months between Tromsø, in the Arctic Circle of Norway, and my studio in the rainforest at Karekare, New Zealand, we worked together in Norwegian and English, on Skype and by email. Johnsen involved me in the sequencing of photographs, the structure and rhthym of content, and trusted me with what I might bring to the book to help make it the object that would fulfill her wishes and beyond. For Johnsen, this book is a gift to these young people who ultimately placed their trust in her.
Editor: Hanne Johnsen
Co-writers: Pål Christian Bergstrøm, Elena Bocharova, Are Evang, Anna Margethe Flåm, Elena L. Grigorenko, Igor Grigovish, Ulrika Håkansson, Kari Killén, Øyvind Kvello, Kirsten Sandberg, Haldor Øvreeide
Publisher: Gyldendal, Norway
In addition to the book, Hanne directed a feature length film, ‘White Crow’: produced by Hanne Johnsen and Fersk Film, with cinematography by Daniel Nikolaison; additional cinematography by Johnsen and Øyvind Opshaug; edited by Anders Teigen, NFK; music by Bugge Wesseltoft; and sound design and mix by Sander Stedenfeldt. I assisted with the film titles and designed the poster (below).