Bragi Þór Jósefsson: ICELAND DEFENSE FORCE
An American town, complete with supermarkets, a hospital, football field, and a cinema, standing and awaiting its destiny on a desolate Icelandic moor.
For 55 years, from 1951 – 2006, the U.S. army base at Keflavík was one of the American army’s most important Northern Atlantic bases. However, following the end of the Cold War, the United States’ new foreign affair policies made the base unnecessary and one beautiful autumn day, the American flag was pulled down and the last soldiers flew away. What was left was a whole town, built for Americans to fit the needs of the American army, now in the hands of Icelanders and Icelandic nature.
The photographer Bragi Þór Jósefsson visited the deserted town shortly after the Americans left and just before Icelanders started to renovate it for their own needs. The buildings had fulfilled their original purposes, but it was as if they were still waiting for their former owners to return. Traces of these inhabitants had all but disappeared, and the future of the town was still undecided.
Size: 300 x 425 mm
73 pages, softcover