Nordic light international festival of photography
3rd–7th of may 2017, Kristiansund, Norway


Welcome to the Festival 2017 page!

Below you will find a overview of the photographers and guest coming to the festival this year, with links to more information about each photographer. There is also a description of each program post, such as the Breakfast Movies and the talk show "Ansikt til Ansikt.


In one short spring week, on the rugged west coast of Norway, world known photography legends, aspiring photographers, students and other interested in photography, art and culture all get together in the small and charming coastal city of Kristiansund.

Join us for the photographic adventure of the year!

 

Photographers and guests coming to the festival in 2017

© John Swannell Chair series no2, 1991

© John Swannell
Chair series no2, 1991

John Swannell

John Swannell started his career as a fashion photographer, but is today best known for his portraits. The 70-year-old has over the past decades photographed some of the world's most famous personalities, including almost all the British Royal family. He is also known for his act photographs, which has been published in numerous books. Today he is considered one of the biggest names in British photography, and is still active as a photographer.
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© Morten Løberg Gimsøybrua // Gimsøy Bridge

© Morten Løberg
Gimsøybrua // Gimsøy Bridge

Morten Løberg

Morten Loberg has been working as a photographer since the late 70’s, and has shown his pictures in several exhibitions, including the The National Annual Autumn Exhibition in Oslo. He works mainly with black and white photography and recently released a book about darkroom techniques. Løberg has visited Nordic Light several times, and in 2016 he received the Leif Preus honorary award.
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© Sølve Sundsbø

© Sølve Sundsbø

Sølve Sundsbø

Norwegian Sølve Sundsbø is in the international top league within fashion photography. Sundsbø’s images are both versatile and recognizable at once. He rarely uses only one style, but experiments both with technique and concepts. From the studio in London, he works for publications such as Vogue, i-D and Interview, and for fashion houses such as Chanel, Armani and Gucci. In 2011 the case "14 Actors Acting", which he created for the NYTimes, was awarded an Emmy.
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© Jane Evelyn Atwood

© Jane Evelyn Atwood

Jane Evelyn Atwood

Jane Evelyn Atwood was born in New York and has been living in France since 1971. She bought her first camera in 1976 and began taking pictures of a group of street prostitutes in Paris. Her work reflects a deep involvement with her subjects over long periods of time. Fascinated by people and by the idea of exclusion, she has managed to penetrate worlds that most of us do not know, or choose to ignore. She has also written ten books. 
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Boe Marion

A cinematic expression meets mysticism and nature in the Norwegian fashion photographer Boe Marion's images. He is currently residing in Stockholm, and make shoots for renowned names like Vogue, Tiger of Sweden and Hervé Léger. In 2016 he was chosen as the photographer of the year by Swedish Elle – as he had been working as a professional photographer for only three years. The same year he also published his first photo book, The Tarn.
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© Siri Dannevig

© Siri Dannevig

SIRI DANNEVIG

After more than 30 years of work in the field of drama and theatre, Siri Dannevig got a new impulse and decided to end that era of her life. When she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s decease in 2009, her first thought was: Now I can start photographing! 

According to Siri, a theatre performance is a piece of art in the moment, alive here and now. When creating a photography, we try to catch the moment, to keep it forever.
For her, working with photography is a kind of staging, but she always leaves some part of the process to accidental circumstances. She arranges for the unexpected to happen. 
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Peter Turnley

Over the past 30 years photojournalist Peter Turnley has traveled around the world and documented most of the major events of importance. The Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin wall, the liberation of Nelson Mandela, the September 11 attacks and the earthquake in Haiti in 2011 are just some of these. Among his works are also several portraits of famous world leaders, like Obama, Yeltsin, Putin, Gaddafi and Reagan, and long-term  projects on everyday life in Paris and in Cuba.
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© Knut Bry

© Knut Bry

Knut Bry

Knut Bry is recognized as a photographer, both nationally and internationally, working within a variety of genres. Travel reportages for Condé Nast Traveler, major fashion series for Vogue, illustration of books and exhibitions of his own art photographs are some examples of what he has been working with through a career spanning decades. He is well known for his color palette and use of light and shapes. Lately he has recognized himself for his humanistic projects, including the refugee crisis in Europe.
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© Lene Marie Fossen

© Lene Marie Fossen

Lene Marie Fossen

In the autumn of 2016, Lene Marie Fossen received much media attention for her story. After 20 years with anorexia, she uses photography as her way out of the disease; as a way to stop time like she tried to do by not eating. She both photographs herself and takes portraits of others. Many of the pictures have been taken when travelling, including on Chios in Greece, which has been strongly affected by the refugee crisis.
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© Lucas Foglia

© Lucas Foglia

Lucas Foglia

Relations between man and nature in rural America are among the topics that occupy Lucas Foglia. He grew up on a small farm in the United States, where his parents had settled to live a life as self-sufficient. As a photographer, he has traveled in search of people who are trying to stay more or less "off the grid"; people who live without money, build their own house, fetching water from the creek. He also has photographed mining and ranch workers.
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© Mário Macilau

© Mário Macilau

Mário Macilau

Mário Macilau grew up under difficult circumstances in the Mozambique capital Maputo. He got his first camera in 2007, in exchange for his mother's cell phone, and immediately started to shoot. Today he works as a professional photographer based in the home country, focusing on projects with political, social and cultural themes. Macilau has exhibited his projects in several countries.
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© Helge Skodvin

© Helge Skodvin

Helge Skodvin

Helge Skodvin, born and based in Bergen in Norway, is working freelance for a number of magazines and newspapers, but is probably best known for their personal projects. Recently he has received much attention for the series A Moveable Beast, published as a book 2015 and that has toured the country in the form of an exhibition. The series shows stuffed animals like you have never seen them before; on their way to be packed down from the Natural History Collections in Bergen. The book Volvo 240 came out the same year, and is a fascinating photographic record of many of the remaining vehicles in the country of this type. Skodvin is a member of the agency Moment and is represented by Institute.
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© Odd Inge Teige

© Odd Inge Teige

Bacalhau da noruega

Klippfiskkjerringer &
portugisiske fadoer

look – listen – taste

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© Elina Brotherus «Teacher and Student», Self-Portrait with Dorothée Smith

© Elina Brotherus
«Teacher and Student»,
Self-Portrait with Dorothée Smith

Elina Brotherus

The Finnish art photographer is a part of the famous Helsinki School, a group of photographic artists educated at the University of Aalto, Finland. Brotherus’ works often consist of self-portraits, in relation to landscape, rooms and interior. The work is often autobiographical and she uses both photography and video. Brotherus has published several books, exhibited worldwide and has won numerous awards.
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© French Cowboy

© French Cowboy

French Cowboy

The duo Mia MacFarlane and Julien Crouigneau appears behind the name French Cowboy, who has operated as photographers since 2012. She is a former painter and he product designer and AD. Together they produce photo projects with a distinctive and playful style. They also run the French art, photo and fashion magazine IRK.
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©Mona Kuhn "AD 6016, 2014”

©Mona Kuhn "AD 6016, 2014”

Mona Kuhn

The Brazilian-born artist Mona Kuhn is best known for her dreamlike, large format photographs of the human body. With her ability to develop close relationships with those she photographs, she manages to create images where the models are naked, yet comfortable and relaxed. Kuhn is currently residing in the United States, and also makes assignments for commercial players. She has published several books and has an impressive exhibition business in galleries and museums worldwide.
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© Todd Hido

© Todd Hido

Todd Hido

Todd Hido is an American art photographer with photos of interiors and exteriors as his trademark. The pictures are however far from what you see in interior magazines. Suburban houses photographed in the dark of the night, worn inner spaces and an unusual color palette are just some of the elements that have made Hido a very attractive artist. The work of the 48-year-old is included in the collections of some of the world's most prestigious art institutions, and he has published several books.
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© Lena Sjternström

© Lena Sjternström

Lena Stjernström

Growing up with a father who was a keen photographer himself, Lena Stjernström early became familiar with looking at fine art objects, statues and to define beauty. Through the lense of his Zeiss Ikon camera, he taught her how to find the light and to catch the life in a picture. The camera became a way of communication, but also a way to view and explore the world. She was awarded “Vågåprisen 2012” by Morten Krogvold. “This is a photographer gambling with the expression – and her abilities”. Lena Stjernström currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and has been invited as “The Director’s Choice 2017”. 
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© Anne-Stine Johnsbråten

© Anne-Stine Johnsbråten

Anne-Stine Johnsbråten

Anne Stine Johnsbråten is a documentary photographer living in Oslo. She works on longer projects that deal with topics such as gender, identity and discrimination, and she has exhibited several works at home and abroad. Among her recent works are the project Volla vs Keeg – young in Oslo, where she follows a girl gang from the east side and one from the west side of Oslo oer a long period, and the project Women in Japan, which is about the woman's situation in today's Japan. In 2015 she was mentioned by TIME Magazine as one of eight Norwegian photographers you must follow.
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Guest to the talk show "Ansikt til Ansikt 2017

Norwegian talk show hosted by Morten Krogvold every evening in Caroline Cinema.

guest thrsday
To be announced

guest friday
Christian Ringnes

Guest saturday
To be announced


More information about the program posts

Lectures

All the lectures take place in the Caroline Cinema Center. Exiting lectures by world leading photographers. Get insight into the story behind the images, and maybe what lies behind the photographer's success. These lectures are not very filled with technical details, but with first class storytelling!

Talk show: "Ansikt til Ansikt"

Every evening from Thursday to Saturday our creative leader Morten Krogvold is hosting the talk-show "Ansikt til Ansikt" (translates to "Face to Face") in Caroline Cinema Center. Krogvold leads a close and personal conversation with well known personalities about the society, art and culture – and about life itself. The talk-show is mainly in Norwegian. Previous guests have been: Ole Gunnar Solskjær (football player), Jimmy Nelson (photographer), Geir Lippestad (lawyer) and Per Fugelli (physician and professor of medicine).

Festival parade

Festival parade and opening show! We start in "Kunstforeningen", the gallery of the local Art Society. We guide you through all the exhibition locations, and end up at Caroline Cinema Center, where all lectures will be held the coming days. Here we will have our opening show and the official opening of the festival.

Exhibitions

Inspiring exhibitions from almost all of this year's photographers. Many of these photographes are rarely exhibited like this, and even rarer in Norway. This is a unique opportunity to see works from world known photographers in Kristiansund!

Photo Quiz

Morten Løberg is well known among Norwegian photographers as a photographer, as a journalist in the Norwegian magazine "Fotografi" (translates to "Photography") and as a teacher in photography. Who is better suited to test our festival participants' knowledge on the subject? Thursday, Friday and Saturday Løberg holds a photo quiz at Krogvold Café. Join in to test your knowledge, and maybe you will learn something new as well?

 

GAllerY MEETING

For some of our exhibitions we give you the opportunity to meet the artist in the gallery and take part in a guided tour around his or hers exhibition. A unique experience where you can get information and ask questions about the exhibited works directly from the photographer!

Breakfast Movie

This post on the program is free of charge, and open to everyone. Since the first festival, our creative leader Morten Krogvold has given our audience an inspirational boost each morning with movie screenings before the first lecture of the day. Krogvold picks the movies, sometimes as he walks through the door. The variation is big; from documentaries and short-films to the classics. All movies are either in English or with English sub titles.

Meet and greet

Our festival café and pub, Krogvold Café, located in the Nordic Light House, is open every night. Here, the old ones and the young ones, the beginners and the legends, and everyone else who cares for meeting new people, and people with interest for photography, art and culture, meet up. It's room for anyone to take part in the discussion and to listen to exciting stories from the people who have lived them.

Portfolio Review

Bring a selection of your best work and let world leading photographers critically assess your work and give you advice for further development.