Born in 1970, Joachim Ladefoged has worked in more than 50 countries, winning international recognition for covering war, conflict, and ordinary life around the world.
In 1987, at the age of 16, Ladefoged's dream of becoming a soccer player was shattered when he was almost crippled by rheumatism. A year later he got his first camera, with the hope that photography could bring him closer to the activities his illness prevented him from taking part in. Soon he joined a small regional newspaper in Denmark, shooting up to six assignments a day. In 1995 he moved on to become a staff photographer at the national newspaper, Politiken.
Ladefoged's photos have won international recognition from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Life magazine, and others. He was the first Dane to win first place in a photo-story category at World Press Photo, and he is credited with being one of the driving forces behind the new wave of Danish photojournalism.
His pictures have been published in such magazines as National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, GEO, Spiegel, Newsweek, Time, and the New Yorker. In 2000, he published the book Albanians about the turbulent life of Albanians from 1997-99.