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PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE YEAR

Vernissage: 3rd of March 2012, Gerðarsafn (Kópavogur)

Press photos should reflect the situation in every society at any given time. That’s why I’m always a bit excited when the “Press photo of the year award” in Iceland is announced but Kópavogur art museum (Gerðarsafn) annually houses the event.

According to the selected committee, these pictures stood out in certain categories last year.

Category: “Daily Life” / Eyþór Árnason

Category: “Magazine photo of the year” / Kristinn Magnússon

Category: “Portrait picture of the year” / Rakel Ósk Sigurðardóttir

Category: “Sport photo of the year” / Kristinn Magnússon

Photographs belong to the photographers

For society critics and other thinkers it can be curious to compare the emphasis and trends in press photography between nations. I went to the “Swedish press photo award” last year in Stockholm and now this year in Iceland. At first sight, these two closely related countries seems to have almost nothing in common when it comes to media’s photo coverage. The Swedish press photos mirrors multicultural society, while the geographical isolation of Iceland seems to affect the Icelanders approach to press photography — sometimes in a very positive way.

Anyhow, I have to admit that I’m quite impressed how many Icelandic photographers have gained reputation and respect internationally — especially since most photographers of this country have to travel abroad to get their education. Examples of those includes the young fashion photographers, Saga Sig and Silja Magg and of course — the world known (and self-taught) documentary photographer Rax.

Don´t miss this years “Photograph of the year” in Sweden. The exhibition will be opened the 31st of March in Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm.

Date: 3rd of March – 7th of April 2012

Photographers: Various

Place: Gerðarsafn, Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

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COOL AS ICE

Documentary photography: RAX (Iceland)

“On the ice, you see life in a totally different way. There’s a sense of serenity and simplicity.” – RAX

The photograph has undoubtedly affected our lifes. Exotic cultures across the universe are often learned and explored through the lens of the camera. Contemporary audiences insist photographs with every media coverage. Nowadays, the photograph is so significant in most storytelling that a story without it feels incomplete — a half-story.

Some of these images may be familiar to you. They don´t need any explanation but prepare yourself for cold because RAX work is cool as ice.

Photographs belong to RAX

For almost three decades, Ragnar Axelsson a.k.a. RAX has been traveling to small Inuit villages in Greenland’s most remote regions, documenting the hunting traditions and vanishing lifestyles of northern communities. His images have won him recognition as one of the most accomplished documentary photographer of our times. He has been honoured as Icelandic Photographer of the Year couple of times, and his work has appeared in the renowned; National Geographic, Le Figaro, Time magazineThe New York Times and Newsweek.

Miki Meek, a photojournalist at NY Times described RAX with these words:

He’s trekked through glacial storms, fallen through rifts and awakened on ice that’s drifted out to sea. But Ragnar Axelsson just keeps coming back. – Miki Meek, 7th of December 2009. You can read the article here!

On Christmas night I watched an excellent documentary; Last days of the Arctic but Mr. Axelsson published a book with the same title in 2010. The documentary follows the photographer on his life’s mission — to capture the human faces of the North.

Apart from being among the most celebrated photographers in the world, RAX is also a great storyteller. He mainly photographs in B&W — snowWhite

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