Visual Journalist Lukas Rapp is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  These images are from his project ‘Tools Of Power‘. To see Lukas’ body of work click on any image.


Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson (Prime Minister of Iceland, IS) makes sure to have a piece of paper and a pen with him at every event. He uses them to write down questions and notes, but also thoughts that occur to him during interviews.


John Bassett III (Chairman of Vaughan Bassett Furniture Company, US) owns many different pocket watches, handed down from generation to generation. This one was a present from his wife 12 years ago.


Peter Voser (Chairman of ABB’s Board of Directors, CH) received this pen from his children around ten years ago. As CFO and CEO of Shell, he used it to sign major contracts, some of which will last 30 to 40 years and are worth 20 to 30 billion dollars.


Jack Markell (Governor of Delaware, US) always carries a tablet and two phones: the private and the official one. “I don’t go anywhere without them.”


Karen Watt (Director of Culture, Europe and External Affairs, The Scottish Government, UK) got this necklace from an independent jewelry maker and wears it on every official visit outside of Scotland. “I feel like an ambassador for Scotland,” she says.


Vladimír Dlouhý, European Deputy Chairman of the Trilateral Commission, CZE) used this pen to sign the dissolution of Comecon in Budapest in 1991. “I was literally the last one who signed the paper,” he says.


Manu Chandaria (Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Comcraft Group, KE) received this watch 60 years ago, when he married his wife. It was a present from his in-laws, and it is still working he way it did the very first day. “I carry my wife everywhere with me, just like my watch,” Chandaria laughs.


Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Former Secretary General NATO, DK) obtained this pen more than ten years ago and used it to sign several laws when he was Prime Minister of Denmark.


See also:

Where We Are Today

By Lukas Rapp