The Shadow City, Christian Als

The world’s population just passed the 7 billion mark, and for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities. In Nairobi, Kenya, one million people are crammed in to a piece of land the same size as Manhattan’s Central Park. The Kibera slum is located five kilometers southwest of Nairobi’s city centre


I became interested in social, political and economic issues in the developing world after travelling extensively for a number of years. Then I enrolled at the Danish School of Journalism from where I graduated in 2006.

Dividing my time between long-term documentary projects and commercial work, I am regularly commissioned by magazines and newspapers including TIME, The Newyorker, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Independent, The Economist, GEO, Stern, FOTO8, L’espresso, as well as humanitarian organizations and cultural institutions such as the Danish Refugee Council and UNHCR.

In my intrepid quest to visually explore a wide range of issues and events I have travelled to dozens of countries including Burma, Algeria, Gaza, Haiti, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, South Sudan, DR Congo and Kenya.

I am always looking for smaller stories that are representative of larger issues, because I believe that it is easier for humans to reflect on a more personal level.

I love to explore and have a passion for mountains, so in the last 15 years I have been on 8 mountaineering expeditions to places like Alaska, Karakoram, Tibet, Tien Shan, The Andes and Caucasus. You can see images and films on (in Danish only).

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