Det er med stor entusiasme at vi kan fortelle dere at Mikkel Aaland returnerer til årets Nordic Light-festival, men denne gangen som både vert og utstiller.
Vi er svært glade for at den velkjente, norsk-ættede fotografen kommer hele veien hit fra San Fransisco. For oss er han kanskje den viktigste ambassadøren for Nordic Light i USA. Adobe Lightroom-guruen har gitt ut en rekke bøker og stilt ut sine bilder ved en rekke institusjoner verden rundt, bl.a. ved Bibliothèque Nationale i Paris og det tidligere Lenin Museum i Praha.
It's a great pleasure to introduce to you, the return of the Lightroom guru, the photographer, and the author: Mikkel Aaland to this years festival.
his year we are so lucky that Aaland will be the co-host of the festival and also have his own exhibition.
Mikkel Aaland is an award-winning photographer and best-selling author of 12 books on digital photography, including Photoshop RAW, Shooting Digital, the first Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Iceland) edition, and the second Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Tasmania) edition.
He is a popular workshop leader both in the United States and Europe and creates training videos in collaboration with Lynda.com and Adobe Press. His non-technical books include, County Fair Portraits, Sweat, The Sword of Heaven, Pilgrimage to Kailash and a recently finished memoir, The River in My Backyard. Aaland is currently based in San Francisco and Telemark, Norway.
About County Fair Portraits, an exhibit by Mikkel Aaland
In 1976, while the United States was celebrating it’s bicentennial, photographer Mikkel Aaland was traveling to county fairs across the country capturing photographs of America in its truest form: through the people. These unique and inspiring portraits have garnered widespread media attention over the years and even landed Aaland an interview with David Lettermen. There are few publications that depict America in such a raw and haunting way. County Fair Portraits tells a story of America unlike any other. Although the world has drastically changed since the collection was first published in 1981, the portraits and stories have remain unchanged, and will forever be a reminder of a unique era and moment in America’s past.
In the foreword to the book County Fair Portraits, the late novelist James D. Houston compares County Fair to other meaningful works of art: “It brings to mind Edward Curtis’s Portraits of North American Indian Life, and the Dustbowl photos by Walker Evans in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, and the series by Ansel Adams called Born Free and Equal, recording the lives of Japanese Americans at Manzanar Relocation Center, east of the Sierras, in 1942, and Our Kind of People, Bill Owens’ study of hometown groups and rituals. County Fair has that same kind of narrative appeal. These eyes and outfits, the body talk, the tattoos and the jewelry - they tell us, with haunting precision, one of the true American stories”
“Such moving photographs, funny and sad. It’s real Americana. Aaland is a latter day Disfarmer.”
- Mary Ellen Mark, photographer
“A chronicale of people being who they are. These faces [become] historical”
- Jon Carroll, New West
“Aaland has turned folk art into fine art... shocking and fascinating!”
- Bill Owens, author of “Suburia”