Markus Jokela (Finland)
Long Term Projects, third prize stories
Table Rock is a small rural community in the northeast part of Pawnee County, Nebraska, in the USA. It was named for a unique rock formation near the Nemaha River. In 1992, Table Rock had 308 citizens; in a 2015 census the population was 255. Most people living in Table Rock spend their whole lives there. Some try moving to larger places, but often return to raise their children in their hometown. As with many other Midwestern towns, work is difficult to find. Farms around Table Rock provide employment for some, others seek jobs in neighboring communities.
The photographer is interested in the mundane aspects of everyday life. He first went to Table Rock in 1992. He and a colleague had been commissioned to do a story on American life, and the colleague closed his eyes and put his finger on a point he thought was the middle of the map. That turned out to be Table Rock. In 2009, the photographer became curious about what was happening in the town and so returned. He made a few further visits in the years that followed. For the most part, little had changed.
Commissioned by: Helsingin Sanomat
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The Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C. invites you to a unique evening of photography, literature and discussion on freedom of the press.
The Embassy of Finland, together with the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University and World Press Photo, celebrates the award-winning photography of Finnish photojournalist Markus Jokela and his series of photographs of Table Rock, Nebraska.
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The Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C.
Monday, 6 November
Embassy of Finland