Joakim Eskildsen (born 1971, Copenhagen) lives in Germany. He began taking photographs at an early age and trained as an apprentice with Rigmor Mydskov, the Royal photographer to the Danish Court, before moving to Finland to study photographic book making at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, where he graduated in 1998 with an MA in Photography.
His earliest published series, Nordic Signs, 1989-94, is a photographic work on Northern Europe, a hymn to nature, and the people who live in it. The photographs were made in Norway, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. 'Nordic Signs — I think I have a sense of them here, something which is wild and yet inhabitable, but with a strong sense of weather, and wind, and destiny'.(Joakim Eskildsen)
Eskildsen's work has been exhibited extensively around the world in both solo and group exhibitions, including a retrospective at the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen. His work is held in public collections including Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Fotomuseum, Winterthur; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.