Tearsheet of The Day | Refugees’ shoes in South Sudan by Shannon Jensen in Newsweek

Shannon Jensen has a terrific work in Newsweek Int’l 3 September 2012 issue from South Sudan. Jensen travelled in the country June-July this year, and photographed shoes belonging to refugees who had travelled by foot  across the border from Sudan’s Blue Nile state over to neighbouring South Sudan to escape Khartoum government’s military campaign against Southern liberation movement.

Newsweek has dedicated four pages for the series showing overall 18 pairs of shoes. The photos are accompanied by a short text  providing background, written solely by the photographer*.

“How to represent a journey in an image?” asks Jensen in the opening sentence of the piece titled ‘A Long Walk’. I think she found a pretty good way to do just that. The idea and its execution reminded me little of Alejandro Cartagena’s Car Poolers.

You can see Jensen’s photos on the Newsweek website here.

Photos © Shannon Jensen

Shannon Jensen is an American photographer based between USA and East Africa. She is part of  Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent.

*In June I wrote about Newsweek often showing photo projects solely accompanied by photographer’s text. See here.