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Ny-Ålesund in Spitsbergen is the most northern civilised settlement in the world. In recent decades, this former mining village has developed into the largest existing Arctic research location. Countries including Norway, Japan, China, England and the Netherlands have a base here. Due to the scientific projects that are carried out here and the multitude of measuring equipment that is stored in the area, access to the village, which is in effect a network of laboratories and research stations, is very limited - the residents of Ny-Ålesund are mostly adventurous scientists. Anna Filipova photographed the human activity which in spite of the many regulations to protect the environment is visible through scientific installations that are gradually becoming part of the landscape.
Anna Filipova (UK) gained her Bachelor’s degree in Photography at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and her Master’s degree in Communication and Media at the Royal College of Arts, also in London. She has photographed for CNN, Washington Post and the news agency Reuters and was a photo-editor at New York Times and The Herald Tribune. In recent years her work focuses on the most northern parts of the world, where she photographs social and environmental subjects in desolate places that are difficult to access.