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Provider: The Guardian
Categories: World & Regional

‘I photographed 35 women, 10 are still alive’: tragedy of the Isle of Women

Anne Helene Gjelstad was working on a photography project on the tiny Estonian island of Kihnu when one of her neighbours invited her to an old woman’s funeral to take pictures. The neighbour dressed the Norwegian photographer in blue mourning clothes, as is custom, before bringing her into the kitchen where Koksi Leida’s body lay in an open casket.