THE NORDIC LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHERS 21st – 25th APRIL 2015

Photographers from around the world will await you at Nordic Light from the 21st to the 25th April 2015. There will be powerful stories, presentations, professional discussions and mutual inspiration for all those interested in imagery and photography. Below are the photographers attending this year’s jubilee festival.

James Nachtwey

For almost 40 years, American James Nachtwey has documented war, conflicts and social problems around the globe and considered one of the present day’s most acknowledged photojournalists. Nachtwey views his pictures as evidence of actions that should be neither forgotten nor repeated. He covered, amongst others, war in Iraq, Bosnia and Chechnya, photographed famine and pollution, as well as the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011. In 2001, Nachtwey was portrayed in the Oscar nominated documentary film War Photographer. He has won many prizes including the Robert Capa Prize and the World Press Photo Award.

Thomas Hoepker

Thomas Hoepker began his photographic career in 1960 in his native Germany. During the past decades, he has worked as a photographer, documentary filmmaker and photo editor for magazines such as Stern, Geo and German television. Hoepker photographs in most areas of the world, has published countless books and became a member of Magnum Photos in 1989. Amongst his most renowned works are a series of images of Muhammad Ali in the sixties, as well as a photo from the 11th Sept where a group of young people are sitting, apparently unperturbed, talking together while the World Trade Centre is burning in the background.

Pieter Ten Hoopen

Dutchman Pieter Ten Hoopen has in recent years worked in countries like Japan, Afghanistan, Congo and Russia, where he covered world news for newspapers the likes of The New York Times and La Monde, whilst simultaneously creating his own personal projects. He has spent more than ten years photographing, amongst others, in the small town Hungry Horse in Montana, USA. This project will be published in book form in 2015. In 2008, Pieter won first prize in the World Press Photo contest and debuted with the short film Kitezh – Vladimirskoe at the 2013 Stockholm Film Festival. Ten Hoopen has his base in Stockholm.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish/American photographer, curator, writer and teacher. For more than 40 years, Minkkinen has challenged the self-portrait as an art form and used his own naked body to approach and become one with nature. His photographic career started in 1971 and since then, apart from extensive exhibitions, he has published six art books. His work, represented in collections such as Kiasma in Helsinki and The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMa), has also received many prizes, including the Finnish State Art Prize for Photography in 2006.

Goran Tomasevic

During the last 20 years, Serbian Goran Tomasevic, employed as a Reuter’s photographer, covered many of the world’s biggest conflicts. In the ‘90s, he began his career photographing the situation in the Balkans. Later he covered, amongst others, the second intifada from his base in Jerusalem as well as being stationed in Baghdad during the Iraq war. He has created notoriety for himself through his images of the Arabian Spring, the war in Syria and the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in 2013. Tomasevic, nominated four times as Reuters Photographer of the Year, presently resides in Nairobi.

Håkan Ludwigson

Swedish Håkan Ludwigson has worked the past 40 years as a travel and advertising photographer with some of the world’s largest magazines and brands on his customer list. Since the end of the eighties, he has been associated with the magazine Condé Nast Traveler, travelled through and photographed in more than 85 countries. In addition, he has won several prizes, held exhibitions and published numerous books. Ludwigson’s images are described as the cutting edge between documentary and fine art photography, whilst simultaneously adding his personal pictorial language.

PER MANING

Per Maning began his career as a fine art photographer during the eighties after many years in advertising. Best known for photographing animals, his 1988 black-and-white image of a seal in an aquarium is still considered one of Norway’s most famous photos. However, in recent times, images of people have become the main motifs in his work. Maning also works with video. In collections like MoMa in New York, Kiasma in Helsinki and Moderna Museet in Stockholm the public can admire Per’s photographic work.

Elliot Erwitt - Leica-exhibition

Elliott Erwitt is an advertising and documentary photographer, known especially for his black-and-white photography of absurd, ironic, and humorous everyday situations. He started his career in 1950 as a photographic assistant in the United States Army and been associated with Magnum since 1953. Nordic Light will show a selection from the series “Personal best for Leica by Elliot Erwitt”, which contains 50 iconic photographs that have touched many people. Photographs of Marilyn Monroe and Che Guevara are amongst them, as are images showing a charming sense of humour and an uncanny ability of observation. This series exhibits at Leica galleries throughout the world and began its tour at Photokina in 2012. This year the tour graces Kristiansund and Nordic Light.

Christina H. Leithe

This Norwegian fine arts photographer works with analogue black/white photography and uses genres like staging and documentation. Leithe, educated in Norway, Sweden and Scotland, has exhibited in many galleries and art centres. In 2012, she won the Nordic Dummy Award for her book project “Notes”, published in 2013. The book, described as a journey through loss and melancholia, contains photos from the artist’s archives.

Rupert Grey

British born Rupert Grey works in tandem as a lawyer and photographer. As a photographer, he has travelled with family and friends to numerous exotic destinations, selling the resulting images to magazines like Vogue and National Geographic. In addition, Grey has held a string of exhibitions and lectures. In his role as a lawyer, he specialises, amongst others, in copyright matters and represents many photographic institutions.

MAI LOC

The story of Mai Loc is the story of a Vietnamese cycle taxi driver who received a camera from a Norwegian couple and created for himself a new career as a photographer. In 2006, Loc visited, with enormous success, the first ever Nordic Light festival and thereafter shown his pictures in a number of countries. He also opened his own gallery in his hometown Nha Trang. This year he returns to Kristiansund to exhibit his poetic and personal imagery of his country.

NILS THUNE – DIRECTORS CHOICE

In 2010, at age 47, Nils Thune partook in his first photo workshop. One workshop soon turned into many and today his passion lies in documentary photography. He loves working on long-term projects and appreciates the possibility to travel and get to know foreign cultures, affording him the ability to give the viewer a glimpse of other and perhaps unknown ways of life. Thune photographs exclusively in colour and in landscape format, self-imposed limitations to simplify the process.

Kai Helge Andersen

In 2010, at age 47, Nils Thune partook in his first photo workshop. One workshop soon turned into many and today his passion lies in documentary photography. He loves working on long-term projects and appreciates the possibility to travel and get to know foreign cultures, affording him the ability to give the viewer a glimpse of other and perhaps unknown ways of life. Thune photographs exclusively in colour and in landscape format, self-imposed limitations to simplify the process.

 

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING NAMES ARE READY:

Ann Siri Stokkli - Graduate of the Year

More information and photographers to come ……