This Photographer Documented Every Murder Site in London for Two Years
For two whole years, photographer Antonio Olmos visited and made pictures at every murder site in the greater London area. All told, he shot 210 scenes between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012, and 79 of those photos are featured in his new book, The Landscape of Murder.
The point of the project was to shine a spotlight on each death. Too often, Olmos says, murders go unacknowledged by the public unless someone famous is involved or there is some kind of extenuating circumstances.
“Most murders that take place rarely make the news, and if they do occupy the news [it’s] for a fleeting time,” he says. “My aim is to give memory to what are mostly forgotten events.”
Instead, he was motivated to investigate after learning about the murder of Jitka Nahodilová, who was stabbed to death in her house by her boyfriend on January 1, 2011. For Olmos, Nahodilová’s death hit home because she was murdered in a nearby house that was oddly similar to his. When he walked around the neighborhood and asked people about it, most residents knew nothing about the murder, which only made him want to know more.
Jonathan Barnes, 20, died two days after being shot in the head during a bungled robbery in Addiscombe Croydon. Barnes and Daniel Tesfay, 25, tried to rob a man of fake Rolex watches at his home, but during the robbery a fight ensued and Barnes was shot by his accomplice. Tesfay was charged and found guilty of murder. Tesfay was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 30 years before parole.
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