Moved from New York to Frinnaryd
Dean and Zandra with their daughter Amelie outside their home. The only one who still hasn’t gotten used to country life is their big city cat Mumu who rarely goes further than five meters from the house.
Dean Cox and Zandra Knutsson lived in Brooklyn, New York, from 1997 to 2004. Both worked in Manhattan, Dean as a photographer and editor and Zandra as a graphic designer. About two years ago they bought their dreamhouse in Fridhem, located approximately 1 kilometer from Frinnaryd.
During 2002 and 2003 Dean worked in Prague and it was right after that time the couple ”test lived” in Zandra’s grandparents’ old summer farm estate. It turned out they really liked it, and in July 2004 they bought the house.
19 this year Dean visited an old orphanage outside of the town Vesnova,
200 kilometers south of Minsk. There he took a series of hearbreaking
pictures of the disabled kids. Here is one girl among the other160 kids
that are left there to die.
from home thanks to broadband connection
peaceful life is worth a lot
cat Mumu came along with them from Brooklyn
Painting has been an interest of Zandra for several years and a few pieces are hanging on the walls at home. This one she painted in 1996.
Hurt kids from Chernobyl kept hidden.
Dean works as a freelance photographer with clients such as the New York Times and EurasiaNet. Assignments have taken him as far as Mongolia. He also sometimes sells photos through a photo agency called World Picture News.
This spring Dean went to Belarus for six weeks and documented the election and the election protests. Thereafter he traveled to the southern parts of Belarus to a Chernobyl damaged area in connection to the 20-year anniversary. The towns that were evacuated are now empty and abandoned.
April 19 he visited an old orphanage outside the town of Vesnova, 200 kilometers south of Minsk. There he took a series a of heartbreaking pictures. At the orphanage there were 160 boys and girls between 3 and 18 years of age that were mentally and physically disabled.
The goverment in Belarus says that it can not be scientifically proven that there is a connection between the Chernobyl accident in 1986 and the disabled children born after. But they do acknowledge officially that since then there has been a 250 percent increase of mentally and physically handicapped newborn babies.
Text and photo: Bevan Berthelsen