This series of images was made on a very brief trip to Iceland in June 2017 and which began in Reykjavik and continued by boat to the remote and sparsely populated region of West Fjords. For the urban photographer, Iceland’s vernacular architecture and rugged
industrial and working landscapes are an alternative to the natural wonders; the volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls. Tourism to the country has boomed since the financial crisis of 2008 with ever increasing numbers of tourists but, conversely, Iceland has a very
small population and has had years of ongoing depopulation in some regions including the West Fjords. Underlying what is visible in these images are questions about the cultural effects of the economic transitions which in turn opens up opportunities for discussion,
research and collaboration.
Anthony Palmer works across architectural and urban landscape projects as a photographer and also as a video film maker primarily using ethnographic methods. As a freelance educator he leads photographic walks and architecture tours for the Royal
Institute of British Architects. He holds a Masters in Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London where in 2013 he completed the course in Photography and Urban Cultures.