23.08.2019

Norwegian Documentary Photography

Photo: Karin Beate Nøsterud
Photo: Eirik Brekke
Photo: Tonje Bøe Birkeland
The Norwegian Journal of Photography will be the focal point of the autumn's premier photography exhibition at the Henie Onstad Art Centre. 23 August 2019 will mark the opening of the exhibition "Norwegian Documentary Photography", featuring works by all the photographers who have taken part in the four volumes of NJP.


Freedom of expression, current events and photography in the interface between art and documentary will be the focal points of the autumn's exhibition at the Henie Onstad Art Centre

Photo: Ulla Schildt
"The Henie Onstad Centre is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Fritt Ord to present photography in a larger perspective. Art and photojournalism are means of expression, and the visual idiom is gaining increasing importance in shaping attitudes and communicating facts", comments Tone Hansen, director of the Henie Onstad Art Centre. 

Norwegian photography is becoming widely recognised internationally, at the same time as the photography community is gaining momentum domestically. For many years, Fritt Ord has maintained a strong focus precisely on strengthening the position of documentary photography in Norway. 

"Through its long-term work with NJP, Fritt Ord has laid the foundation for a broader discussion about the power of the image in our time, and the exhibition gives the public a chance to experience this", adds Hansen.

The exhibition will feature 35 Norwegian photographers who work in the interface between documentary and art photography. All of them have participated in the Norwegian Journal of Photography.  Susanne Østby Sæther will curate the show.

The exhibition will run from 23 August 2019 to 5 January 2020.

The 35 photographers are:

Helge Skodvin, Monica Strømdahl, Fred Ivar Klementsen, Damian Michal Heinisch, Therese Alice Sanne, Line Ørnes Søndergaard, Elin Høyland, Katinka Goldberg, Paul S. Amundsen, Ulla Schildt, Tonje Bøe Birkeland, Morten Andersen, Kyrre Lien, Eirik Brekke, Camilla Jensen, Adrian Øhrn Johansen, Tommy Ellingsen, Karin Beate Nøsterud, Rebecca Shirin Jafari, Anne-Stine Johnsbråten, Terje Abusdal, Mathilde Helene Pettersen, Knut Egil Wang, Ivar Kvaal, Jonas Bendiksen, Margaret M. de Lange, Tomm W. Christiansen, Oddleiv Apneseth, Monica Larsen, Marie Sjøvold, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Ingvild Vaale Arnesen, Ellen Lande Gossner, Eivind H. Natvig and Andrea Gjestvang.

Link to the Facebook event.



The Fritt Ord Foundation’s project “Islam in Norway” invites the public to a debate meeting about conspiracy theories, including both those about Muslims and those that exist in parts of the Muslim population. The meeting will be held at the House of Literature on Wergelandsveien 29 in Oslo, from 6 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, 13 June 2019.

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How do the world’s leading photographers approach major long-term projects? What is required to get the point of the stories behind them across? At 6 p.m. on Friday, 3 May, the Dutch photographer Kadir van Lohuizen will be visiting Fritt Ord to talk about his work with documentary photography.