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'Life was hard when the waters around here was full of fish, now that all the fish has gone, life is almost impossible.'
Situated on the Eastern Coast of Canada, Labrador is one of the most isolated places on Earth. The Flat Earth Society believes it to be one of the four corners of the world. A mere 12,000 people populate 670 miles of coastline, which is frozen solid for six months a year. The Cod Moratorium in 1992 pretty much killed the fishing industry, many young people left to find jobs elsewhere. The Inuit and Innu nomadic cultures are on the brink of extinction, caused initially by the government's settlement programme, alcoholism is killing what remaining hope there is. The departure of the Nato forces also spelled the end of the busy Air Base and the town that built up around it.
This project is a visual journey along the coast of Labrador. The photographs are places where memories were made and people who are left behind to battle on.
Born in Hong Kong in 1977, Kurt Tong was trained as a health visitor at the Uni of Liverpool. He has worked and traveled extensively across Europe, the Americas and Asia. In 1999, Kurt co-founded Prema Vasam, a charitable home for disabled children in Chennai, India. Kurt became a photographer in 2003. He was the winner of the Luis Valtuena Int. Humanitarian Photography Award with his first story on the treatment of disabled children in India and covered stories from Female Infanticide to ballroom dancers. He gained a MA in documentary photography at the London College of Communications in 2006 and began working on more personal projects. He has since been chosen as the winner of Photograph.Book.Now competition, the Hey Hot Shot competition and Jerwood Photography Award. Kurt’s photographs have been widely published and exhibited around the world at venues including: The Royal Academy, Impressions Gallery, Fotofest in Houston and solo shows at Photofusion and Compton Verney.