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Norwegian Journal of Photography
Issue 1

Norwegian Journal of Photography #1

Norwegian Journal of Photography #1Norwegian Journal of Photography
Issue 1

Edited by Espen Rasmussen, Laara Matsen and Rune Eraker.

Contributing artists, Oddleiv ApnesethIngvild Vaale Arnesen, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Andrea GjestvangEllen Lande GossnerEivind H. NatvigKarin Beate NøsterudMonica LarsenMarie Sjøvold and Helge Skodvin.


Edition of 1000
384 pages
205 x 265 mm
ISBN 9789198040562


The Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP) afforded 10 Norwegian photographers an opportunity to present their long-term projects, i.e. stories they have worked with during the two years they have taken part in NJP. The book is 384 pages long, with a soft cover and featuring different types of paper, adapted to the stories told by the photographers. The print-run is 1000 copies.

In this first edition, you can see Andrea Gjestvang’s story of young people in Finnmark County, Helge Skodvin’s Volvo 240 project and Marie Sjøvold’s study of people sleeping. Linda Bournane Engelberth shadowed the Roma people closely, while Ellen Lande Gossner documented the life of the deaconesses at Lovisenberg.

Eivind H. Natvig travelled all over Norway and documented everyday life and realities, while Ingvild Vaale Arnesen explored young girls’ identities. Karin Beate Nøsterud observed life at the Paulus nursing home.

Monica Larsen’s project in NJP #1 is about foreign women who take jobs cleaning Norwegian homes, while Oddleiv Apneseth travelled to western Norway and observed the Sogn and Fjordane Theatre, Norway’s smallest theatre.

About the Series
NJP brings together and supports selected Norwegian documentary photography projects. Our goal is to present Norwegian photography at the international level, and to cultivate the photography community domestically. We aspire to create an inspiring forum in which Norwegian photographers can show their works at the national and international levels alike. NJP is an arena in which photographers can continue to produce relevant, exciting visual stories.

Following a comprehensive evaluation process, projects will be chosen for the fifth edition of NJP. During a two-year cycle, the selected photographers will receive editing assistance as well as help to apply for financial support. They will be taking part in seminars and in a master class with prominent international guest lecturers. All the photographers will also collaborate closely with NJP’s editors as their projects progress.

The objective of NJP has been to create a relevant, representative book of Norwegian documentary photography, showcasing the finest images, combined with powerful storytelling abilities. We encourage photographers to challenge the definition of the concept ‘documentary photography’, while striving to produce socially relevant independent narratives.

The Norwegian Journal of Photography is a project that is an extension of the Fritt Ord Foundation’s efforts to strengthen the position of documentary photography in Norway.

About the Editors
Espen Rasmussen
works as a picture editor for the magazine division of the biggest Norwegian newspaper VG. He is also working on long term independent documentary projects, as well as projects in collaboration with different NGOs, such as Doctors Without Borders, Norwegian Refugee Council and the UNHCR. He has been awarded several times for his work, including two awards in World Press Photo and seven prizes in Picture of the Year international. In 2008, he was named one of the most promising young photographers in the world by Photo District News. He is represented by the London based agency Panos Pictures. In 2011, he will release his first book, «Transit», published by Dewi Lewis Publishing.

Laara Matsen studied photography under Larry Fink and Stephen Shore at Bard College. She began her career as a photo editor at Magnum Photos in New York, later working as a multi-faceted supporter and producer of long-term documentary photo projects. She has edited and curated numerous international exhibitions and award winning photo books, was photo editor at D2 Magazine/Dagens Næringsliv for 8 years, and is now working as an independent consultant, curator and mentor.

Rune Eraker
has for more than two decades working as an independent documentary photographer. He became a member of the Amsterdam based picture agency Hollandse Hoogte in 1990. He has had a number of exhibitions in art museums and has published widely in magazines and newspapers, both in Norway and internationally. He has also published a number of photobooks (“Øyeblikk av Lys” Aschehoug 2001, “The Smell of Longing” Wigestrand 2005 and “The Dream of Europe” Press Books 2009) and in 2009 he was the picture editor of “Norwegian Documentary photography”, (Press Books 2009). He was awarded “Freelancer of the Year” in Norway in 2009.

About the Publisher
Journal was founded by Gösta Flemming in 1991 with the aim to publish photo books. They are based in Sweden.

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