Phosphorescence presents Glasgow-based photographer Roger Palmer’s most recent exploration of the tiny island of Nauru, 60 km south of the equator in the Pacific Ocean. Staying at one of only two hotels on the island, Palmer cycled the island’s roads exploring for 18 days. Composed of 47 color photographs, Palmer shares with the viewer a mostly ravaged landscape from an island that was once the world’s wealthiest welfare state. Phosphate deposits formed from seabird guano used for military bombing technology once financed its 10,000 inhabitants, but after the mining profits dissipated, the landscape was left stripped and devastated. Nauru, now a skeleton of its earlier self, receives financial assistance by operating refugee centers as part of Australia’s Pacific Solution of sending asylum seekers to detention facilities on Pacific island nations. A simple photo essay, with a limited text by Lyn Detabene wrapped around a complex story reflecting on colonial exploitation and human greed.
Softcover / 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches
80 pp / 45 color
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