SWEDEN. Sven Skaltje was saddened to find the carcasses of two female reindeer whose antlers had become entangled during a dominance struggle. He estimates it took three days for them to die of starvation. After separating the bodies, he saw from the ear markings that one belonged to him and the other to his cousin. From the series “Sámi, Walking with Reindeer,” 2007-2011. (Photo: Erika Larsen)

Erika Larsen

“I believed at a very young age that photography was a type of magic; that it had the ability to bring something very far away, near. I wanted to be a part of that magic.”


The advice I would give to my younger self would be to enjoy the journey for all it has to offer and realize that everything you believed you wanted or needed will come in due time but not always in the package you imagined. Please, don't rush. The process is just as fulfilling, if not more so, than the final result.


Erika Larsen is a documentary photographer and videographer focused on cultures that maintain strong connections to nature. Her work has been included in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, National Geographic Society, The Swedish Museum of Ethnography and Ajtte Sámi Museum. Larsen is a recipient of several grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Fellowship, New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship, Women in Photography Individual Project Grant, Lois Roth Endowment and a World Press Photo Award. Her first monograph, “Sami-Walking With Reindeer,” was released in 2013.

Workshop Candids

Top to bottom: Erika’s EAW team badge from 1997. Candid of Erika during editing. Her eight selects for the Blue Team final presentation.