Landscape of Murder // Antonio Olmos
The Landscape of Murder documents all the sites where murders occurred in London between January 1st 2011 and December 31st 2012.
Two hundred and nine sites were recorded.
The aim is to give memory to what are mostly forgotten events, unseen places, landscapes where great violence has taken place. A violence that is mostly silent, private and hidden to the wider public. Most murders that take place rarely make the news and if they do it is for a fleeting moment. The landscape reverts to normality quickly after the forensic teams leave.
Yet the scar is there, sometimes subtle, sometimes very open, whether it’s a solitary flower or grieving family and friends. Sometimes there is nothing to show that a life ended violently on that spot. The project took Antonio to parts of London he knew little or nothing about and in the process of documenting these landscapes the project has created an alternative portrait of the city, one shaped by violence and inequality.
The book “The Landscape of Murder” was published in 2013, and the project continues to be widely exhibited.
Antonio arrived in London in 1994, by way of Mexico and California. He has worked extensively in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa; for newspapers and magazines around the world as well as leading NGOs and corporates.
“I try to make photographs that will engage the viewer and if that means using what many call beauty so be it. If you want people to listen through photography, you must engage the viewer, to get them to notice, to look, to pay attention.”
(To read more about Antonio Olmos, see Who we are)