More names to Nordic Light


Many exciting photographers are coming to our next festival. 

We offer, among other things, eroticism, nature and rock!
The nordic countries will be strongly represented next year. We have signed interesting photographers from Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. France, China, UK, USA and the Netherlands will also be present with well known photographers.

Lucien Clergue 
(1934, France)
Lucien Clergue is a fine-art photographer, an author, educator, illustrator and filmmaker. He started his artistic career by playing the violin as a young boy. From a family of shopkeepers, Clergue could not pursue further studies in a conservatory. In 1949, he learned the rudiments of photography. Four years later, at a bull fighting arena in Arles, he showed his photographs to Pablo Picasso, who demanded to see others. This was the start of a long friendship which lasted near 30 years. The book, Picasso my friend retraces the important moments of their friendship. In 1968 Clergue founded, along with his friend Michel Tournier, the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival, which is held in Arles in July every year. Clergue has enjoyed world-wide success with his photographs of travelling entertainers, gypsies, bull fighters, Picasso and nudity.

Chin Chin Wu (China)
Chin Chin is the first Chinese photographer visiting Nordic Light. She works with lens-related media. Human conditions are examined through exploration and deconstruction of visual and photographic codes, added by memory, body knowledge and erotism and sexuality which lead to the core of her work.

Gered Mankowitz (1946, England)
You have probably seen Mankowitz’ images many times already, on postcards, vinyl records, CD covers, posters etc. He is a legendary photographer of the rock music scene over the last 45 years. Some of his portraits of rock musicians, such as The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Slade, are now part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery. In addition to his work in the music business, Mankowitz has been supplying many leading magazines with celebrity portraits, and also found the time to take prize winning images for the advertising 

Deborah Turbeville (1938, USA)
Deborah Turbeville was born in Boston and raised in New England. At the age of 20 she moved to New York City and became a fashion editor. Soon she realized that her heart was in photography. She has been taking photographs ever since. Turbeville travels between New York, Mexico and St. Petersburg, Russia, the city that inspires her the most. She received a Fulbright scholarship at the Baltic School of Photography in Russia. In 2005 she taught at the Smolney Institute, also in St. Petersburg, on behalf of Bard College. In 2007 her travels took her to Europe taking beautiful photographs of people and places as only Deborah can see them. Deborah’s work continues to entice and excite. Young artists seek her out for her direction, advice, wisdom and ever-youthful outlook on the way she visualizes life.

Erwin Olaf (1959, Netherlands)
Olaf studied journalism in the School of Journalism in Utrecht. Mixing photojournalism with studio photography, he emerged in the international art scene in 1988. Olaf first printed his early work in documentary style black and white, and then gradually introduced colors, and at last digital manipulation. There is a great contrast between each series. Olaf discovered video and film offering new possibilities to explore. His short films have been selected for film festivals all over the world.
Olaf is best known for his commercial and personal work. He has been commissioned to photograph advertising campaigns for large inter-national companies. Never one to shy away from controversy, Olaf’s work is often daring and provocative. His photographs have received many awards, and he has held exhibitions all around the world.

Ragnar Axelsson (1958, Iceland)
Axelsson is a travelling freelance photographer. His works are published in National Geographic, Time and international newspapers. He's just released his latest book Las Days of the Arctic: Journeys with the Greenland Inuit.

Joakim Eskildsen (1971, Denmark)
In his youth, Eskildsen started to learn photography from the famous portrait photographer Rigmor Mydtskov. After five years he moved to Finland to learn the photographic book making. This resulted in many books, often with writer Cia Rinne. This is one of the persons Eskildsen admires and wants to learn from. On the festival, he  will show photographs from his awarded book The Roma Journeys which covers the life of Roma people. Eskildsen has many exhibitions all over Europe. Currently Eskildsen lives and works in Berlin.

From Sweden, we have four names, and we start with the one that probably most of you are familiar with:

Christer Strömholm (1918, Sweden)
Christer Strömholm studied at the Art Academy in Paris when he discovered the large format camera's capabilities. It turned out to be the perfect tool to express himselves the way he wanted, and the door into the photographic world was opened. He continued to work with photography and film, and from 1962 to 1974 he was headmaster of Fotoskolan in Stockholm. Christer died in 2002.

Joakim Strömholm (1947, Sweden)
Joakim is Christer Strömholms son, and there is hardly a thing this man does not do! A photographer, specializing in still photography for the film industry (Ronja Rövardotter) TV series (Beck), theatrical and musical productions (ABBA). Strömholm is mainly working with documentary, reportage and portrait photography. He is also the curator of his father's pictures.

Bruno Ehrs (1953, Sweden)
One of the true masters of classic Swedish photography. He portrays people, objects, food and landscapes. The assignment defines usually the form: adverts, books or newspapers. Ehrs’ equipment is simply a stand, a camera and some objectives.

Jenny Lexander (1976, Sweden)
Jenny Lexander is a photographer who clearly captures femininity from all angles. Her style is very poetic and adds much sense to a project, capturing classic elegance in young playful interpretations.

Esko Männikö (1959, Finland) and Pekka Turunen (1958, Finland)
Their exhibition shows the life and nature in the northern part of their country. Männikö is a portraitist of isolation. He reveals the intimate lives of those who live along frontiers, places where borders become limits which separate and protect but which also exclude. Turunen is educated at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. He sais: ”No matter where you´re going to, it´s good to know where you´ve come from”. The finnish photographers at first live closely together with people and portrait them after a while. 
Both photographers have exhibitions in Finland and other countries.

Helene Fjell (1966, Norway)
Fjell works as a freelance art photographer in Oslo. She has her debut exhibition in Kristiansund, May 2011. Besides an education as press photographer, she joined workshops with Morten Krogvold, Joyce Tenneson and others. Currently she is working on various techniques, combining her drawing and photography.

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