anders beer wilse

Wilse (1865-1949) was a self-taught photographer. In Seattle, in 1897, he began as a professional photographer returning to Norway in 1900. Calling himself an outdoor photographer, he travelled around the country and soon became the great Norwegian photographer. His breakthrough coincided with Norway’s declaration of independence from Sweden in 1905. With photography becoming the norm in print on postcards, in magazines and in books, Wilse exploited this by presenting a new art of photographic illustration.

Nowadays, Wilse is almost forgotten, but during the first half of the 1900’s he enjoyed a fame that no other Norwegian photographer has experienced. This year celebrates the 150th anniversary of his birth with a series of exhibitions and arrangements.

As early as 1902, Anders Beer Wilse visited Kristiansund photographing the town, the harbour, the streets and the production of dried fish, returning later on numerous occasions.  Conservationist Trond Bjorli from the Norwegian Folk Museum is visiting Nordic Light where he, in conversation with Morten Krogvold, will relate the life and photographic work of Anders Beer Wilse. The exhibition presented at Nordic Light is a collaboration between the Mo i Rana branch of The National Library, The Norwegian Folk Museum, The County Photo Archives, the Nordmøre Museum and the Kristiansund branch of The Norwegian Historical Photographic Association. Printing and mounting by Nordic Light.

Saturday 25. april
15:15 - 16:00
Caroline Cinema

Gallery Jonas Eriksen