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Thomas Lekfeldt

Born 1977 in Holbaek, Denmark. He has travelled extensively, primarily in Asia, until studying Anthropology for a year at the University of Copenhagen in 2001/2002. He completed a bachelor's degree in photojournalism at the Danish School of Journalism in 2007.

He currently works freelance for Danish and international press. He has won several Danish and international photo awards, among others in New York Photo Awards, Best of Photojournalism and EISA Maestro Photo Contest.

He is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Fighting Cancer (2014)

Lene Palfelt is one of the 4,800 Danish women who were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. In December 2013 the first warning signs appeared. After Lene stopped breastfeeding her youngest daughter Karla her right breast continued to be swollen. She was examined in a private clinic shortly thereafter. She lay with her breasts still exposed when the doctor matter-of-factly said: “the breast shows signs of cell changes. It looks like breast cancer.” Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer with women. One out of every nine Danish women develops the disease. 83 percent of those who are diagnosed with the disease are alive after five years. Every year around 1,200 Danish women die of...

The Knife That Kills (Female circumcision in Ethiopia) (2014)

In large parts of the World circumcision of women kills as well as causes many health problems and dangers including frigidity, deformed genitals, menstrual problems, cystitis and incontinence, pelvic inflammatory disease, heightened risk of infertility, and the risk of fistula. In the Afar Regional State in North Eastern Ethiopia the most extensive and harmful form of circumcision is widely practiced. It is called infibulation and involves the complete removal of both clitoris and the labia minora as well as partial removal of the labia majora. What remains after the wound heals is a small hole the size of a pea, allowing for urine to pass. Sometimes the vagina is stitched together with...

Vikings (2014)

Thomas Lekfeldt has photographed the last Vikings during important gatherings, in Denmark and Norway. These people, passionate about Viking culture, are working during the day, and over the weekend or during their spare time, at home or during small gatherings, their develop their knowledge of their Viking ancestors' rituals, handicrafts, traditions and fightings. Many "Vikings gathering" are still very active throughout Scandinavia but also all over the world: in the United States, Australia or France, people are taking part in celebrations, mainly during the summer.

Brazil : life in the favela of Rocinha (2014)

Rocinha is the largest favela in Brazil. According to an official census around 70,000 people live in the favela, but unofficial estimates are as high as 200 or 300,000. In eight years time - from 2003 until 2011 - 40 million of the 200 million citizens in Brazil joined the middle class, and many of them live in favelas like Rocinha. In a way the development of Rocinha is exemplary of the change that Brazil has gone through in the last decades. When Rocinha was founded it consisted of simple shacks built on a steep hill prone to mudslides. Now the neighborhood consists of brick and concrete houses that are sometimes three or four stories high, most of them with basic sanitation,...

Kyrgyz grandmothers (2011)

The Kyrgyz Republic is the second poorest country in central Asia. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union the country has had severe financial troubles with many companies closing down, resulting in increased unemployment and poverty. Around 80 percent of Kyrgyzstanas pensioners live below the poverty line, or twice as many as the average of the whole population. And as women on average live substantially longer than men in the country this is especially a problem for the elderly women. The pensions are very small, typically 30 to 60 euro. At the same time prices of basic goods like bread, potatoes, oil, fuel, and medicine are rising. One attempt to help in this problematic situation...

The Chinese investments in Zambia (2011)

China’s enormous appetite for resources has driven a boom of investments and aid to African countries. In the Southern African country Zambia Chinese companies are building roads, hospitals, sports arenas and bridges as well as revitalizing copper mines abandoned in the country’s central Copperbelt region. Furthermore, China has chosen Zambia as the place to set up its first out of five free trade zones in Africa and is planning to double its investments into the country from 1 billion US$ in 2010 to 2.4 billion US$ in 2011. Leading Zambian politicians highly welcome the wave of Chinese investments, which they claim will take Zambia, one of the poorest countries in the world, into the...

France, 24 Hours of Le Mans (2010)

At the end of a furious race, the Audi Team put the 3 winners on the podium of these 78th 24 Hours of le Mans. On this track where the most advanced motors compete, victory is made of men and team spirit. Taking turns to drive each racing car, three pilots have to come over kilometers of asphalt, avoiding damages and careless mistakes. Whether in a basic car race, the pilots have to reach a definite number of laps, Le Mans only make them go further, faster. This year, Audi beat the absolute record of laps : at one p.m., on Sunday, June 13th, the Number 9 car ended the race after 397 laps, meaning 5410,71 kilometers. For the audience, the race is also an endurance test. Many of...

A Star in the sky, Denmark (2009)

« For one year, Danish photographer Thomas Lekfeldt followed the struggle of a seven year old girl against cancer. Vibe’s parents wanted to keep the memory of this hardship : " they wished that this terrible disease had been talked about, so the medical research efforts strenghten. " » Le Monde 2, N°289 In 2007 it was diagnosed that Vibe had a brain tumour. Because of the location of the tumour it was not possible to surgically remove it, so instead Vibe received 30 radiation treatments, four chemotherapy treatments, three high dosage chemotherapy treatments and a number of experimental chemotherapy treatments. This is the story of the last year of Vibe's life, the story of her life...

Bangladesh, Black water (2008)

The Buriganga River runs through Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It is virtually dead due to pollution primarily from numerous tanneries located in the Hazaribagh area of the city. Thus 50,000 tons of waste water run into the river every day. The water of the river has turned black. Even so, poor people who do not have other options bathe and wash clothes in the river every day. As long as the importing countries do not emphasize the need to produce the leather under environmentally sound conditions, it is unlikely that the river will once again be clean.


    2010 - First prize in the PGB Photo Awards for the category of « Feature picture ».

    2009 - New York Photo Awards first prize, Editorial Series

    2009 - 3rd prize Best of Photojournalism, Best Published Picture Story

    2008 - Nominated for the Visa d'Or Daily Press award

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