We welcome you once again to some memorable days in Kristiansund
– days full of enjoyment, insight and challenges that you will long remember.

Welcome to the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography 2012!
The last week in April is a time of transformation for the little coastal town of Kristiansund. More than 200 volunteers join the festival staff in preparing to welcome a range of guests from home and abroad. We look forward to being hosts for some of the worlds top photographers and our other visitors. We know that they will all enjoy their stays and be blown away by the local landscape, light, people, food, exhibitions, lectures, debates and everything else they meet in Kristiansund.

Nordic Light is much more than its star photographers and fantastic photo exhibitions. It is also about meetings of minds, communication, and those unforgettable and memorable encounters. They happen in restaurants and cafes, in the hotel lounge, on boat trips, or just on street corners. And they have little to do with whether you are a photographer or not.

Nordic Light aims to be a festival for everybody, regardless of occupation or background. The photographers that come here do not just come to exhibit their pictures. They also have stories to tell. They recount events, feelings, sorrows and joys; they show us other people’s lives, other cultures and unknown stories. Their perspectives vary from pure photojournalism to the symbolic and abstract.

As well as photographers, Nordic Light features a range of other people who are passionate about communication. Some give lectures, others join me onstage, “face-to-face”. They may be sports stars, musicians, filmmakers or others who have made their mark on society.

This is our seventh consecutive festival. It boasts a diverse program with everything from use of social media, streaming, net-TV, blogging and debates, to a cavalcade of celebrated and extraordinary photographers from around the world. This year’s photographers and other guests are featured in this catalogue. 

The photographers who took part in earlier festivals enjoyed their time here and are full of praise for Nordic Light. Among this galaxy of the world’s star photographers are James Nachtwey, Alex Webb, Sarah Moon, Bruce Gilden, Bruce Barnbaum, Marc Riboud, Anton Corbijn, Chris Rainier, Elliott Erwitt, Albert Watson, Lucien Clergue, Don McCullin, William Klein. After being guests at Nordic Light, they have become some of our best ambassadors.

So welcome once again to a photo festival filled with memorable experiences for both visitors and participators alike. We can guarantee that you will leave here with plenty of insight, ideas and inspiration to digest. See you around!

Morten Krogvold, Artistic Director, Nordic Light