For over two decades, international photojournalist David Alexander Bjorkman has trained his camera lens on events and places of interest to him, interpreting their reality through his unique perspective and capturing their images in the simple dignity of a black and white photograph.
Minute Observations is a collection of some of his favorite images: donkey drivers on the Greek island of Santorini; bodyguards in training in Aspen, Colorado; Contra soldiers in the southern Nicaragua jungle; camel drivers on Egypt's Giza Plateau; Maya in the ancient city of Chichicastenango, Guatemala; the Bloods and Crips gangs in Los Angeles; Spring Equinox pilgrims in Chichen Itza, Mexico; Carhenge, America's answer to Stonehenge in Alliance, Nebraska; ballplayers playing the Maya Ballgame in Quintana Roo, Mexico; Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Antigua, Guatemala; anti-nuclear and anti-CIA protesters in Boulder, Colorado; microbrewers; tortilla makers; covert bungee jumpers; teddy bears; Maya pyramids; S.W.A.T. Olympics; mercenaries; and artists and native people at work.
What connects all of these diverse subjects is that they were seen, for a split second, by the eye of his camera.
David Bjorkman has worked as a photojournalist and war photographer, magazine art director and book publisher. His photos have been published in more than 20 countries. As a photographer, he has been smuggled across borders at night and survived a chopper being shot out from under him. He has slept on the floor of a Lakota Sioux holy man's house for months while completing a book project. He has been a member of the Explorer's Club and photographed, while on an Explorer's Club expedition into the Darien jungle of Panama, the Choco Indian chief who taught jungle survival to the original U.S. Apollo astronauts. An avid Mayanist who has published six books on the topic, he has led tours to the Maya Yucatan region of Mexico, and scoured jungles for hidden pyramids. He holds an MFA degree from the University of Colorado, and has been a fine arts instructor and an artist whose work is held in private collections in the U.S and Europe, and has been exhibited in both galleries and museums.
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