Fotobokfestival Oslo 2018


Opening Friday September 14th at 18.00 - 22.00
Opening speeches by Marianne Borgen, Mayor of Oslo, and Thale Fastvold, chair of Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF – the Norwegian Association for Fine Art Photographers)

Welcome to a week-long event aiming to explore the photobook as an artistic medium and phenomenon via exhibitions, seminars, and artist talks.

The festival was established by Forbundet Frie Fotografer in 2009 and continues to feature widely recognized art photographers and young, new participants in photography, the photo book genre, and publishing activity nationally and internationally. It takes place in Oslo every September and is free and open to all


Down here – the street as theater, up there – the closed spaces, then and now – the visual memories, sum up the photo books shown in Fotobokfestival 2018. 

Arbeidersamfunnets plass is the festival base, and this is where you‘ll find the main exhibition, curated by Gösta Flemming. He is a Swedish editor, publisher, writer and designer who has played an important role in the development of the photo book as genre and for the Scandinavian art scene in general. Through Journal, he has released about 130 titles and won several national and international awards for his books.

On display are works by and from: Markéta Luskačová, Irina Popova, Poike Stomps, Sophie Howarth & Stephen McLaren, Paolo Woods & Gabriele Galimberti, Carlos Spottorno, Jaqueline Hassink, Jules Spinatsch, Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC), Lars Forsberg & Janne Jönsson, Jonas Ekeberg & Harald Østgaard Lund, Gösta Flemming, Eline Mugaas & Elise Storsveen, Susan Meiselas, Mathieu Asselin, Laia Abril, Kicki Lundgren, Deanna Templeton and Fred & Valerie Clark / Erik Kessels.

In the festival area there's also a book store, where photo book titles relevant to the exhibition can be found along with a selection of recent publications from local and international art photographers.

Satellite program

Connected to the festival is also its satellite program, in which relevant participants contribute to the festival program with their own exhibitions and events. This year we are happy to announce Fotogalleriet, Fotografiens Hus, MELK, Tronsmo and Kulturhuset as festival satellites.


FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER - Oslo Kulturnatt

17.00: The Bjørka Foundation celebrates 20 years as an artist-operated workshop for photography, and invites all to a launching celebration at Fotogalleriet with showings of members' works and the introduction of a free anniversary publication. 

18.00: Opening Fotobokfestival Oslo 2018 Arbeidersamfunnets plass! Opening speeches by Marianne Borgen, Mayor of Oslo, and Thale Fastvold, chairman of the board Forbundet Frie Fotografer. Vesper Bar + DJ!

18.00: Opening MELK. Kaja Leijon -  White Dust
Extended opening hours Fotografiens Hus. Pau Buscató - Hopscotch
20.00: Launching screening program Kulturhuset - every day from 20.00

Kharthoum Contemporary Art Center
Fotogalleriet's book launch: Terje Abusdal Slash & Burn - winner of Nordic Dummy Award 2017.  

21.00: KARMAKLUBB* no. 7 presents: DJ Oddvar and DJ Kristin E. KARMAKLUBB* is a nomadic queer club consept and discursive platform.

Kulturhuset, Boksen

17.00-19.00: Launches and new releases - en evening solely dedicated to newly released publications by members of Forbundet Frie Fotografer.

FFF-members presenting work:

  • Morten Andersen 
  • Lisbeth Bang
  • Christian Tunge
  • Marius Schultz
  • Jon Gorospe
  • Geir Egil Bergjord

MONDAY 17 SEPTEMBER Kulturhuset, Laboratoriet

10.00-17.00: A one day seminar in which current artists and practitioners from the festival's main exhibition present their work and projects. The seminar is free, with limited seating. Moderated by Gösta Flemming.

Participating artists and contributors for the seminar: 

10.00   Welcome 10.10   Markéta Luskačová 10.55   Irina Popova 11.40   Carlos Spottorno

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30   Janne Jönsson and Lars Forsberg 14.10   Timothy Prus - AMC 15.00   Book signing

About the seminar presenters:

Markéta Luskačová, born 1944 in Prague. She graduated in Sociology of Culture at Charles University, Prague, in 1967. She studied photography at FAMU, Prague. Luskačová started freelancing and photographed stage performances at the Divadlo za branou theatre (theatre Beyond the Gate) in Prague, banned by the communists in the spring of 1972. Later she emigrated to England, where she started photographing London’s markets. In 2016 Luskačová self-published To Remember – London Street Musicians 1975-1990. She has had many exhibitions and published catalogues, as Pilgrims (1983), On Death, Horses and Other People (2011) and Photographs 1964-2014 (2014). Her work is represented in many international collections. Irina Popova, born 1986 in Tver, is a documentary photographer, curator and teacher. She studied photography at the Tver State University School of Journalism in St. Petersburg and the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. In 2010 she moved to the Netherlands, and was an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2013, Popova co-founded the Dostoevsky Photography Society collective. She is now based in Amsterdam. Irina Popova has published the books Another Family and If You Have a Secret (2014, 2017). She has received numerous awards and nominations.

Carlos Spottorno, born 1971 in Budapest, was raised in Rome, Madrid and Paris. He graduated in painting and printmaking at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma and spent a few years in the advertising world as an Art Director. Carlos shifted to photography in 2001 and since then he has produced numerous projects, both personal and assigned, as a photographer and film maker. Carlos Spottorno has focused his main personal projects on subjects related to power shifts, economy, and social issues that shape the real world.

Lars Forsberg, born 1955 in Lysekil, is one of Swedens most recognised copy writers and brand developers, he is also a writer, journalist and editor with love for photography and its history. For Landskrona Foto Festival Forsberg was engaged to write texts and do research for the exhibitions and book catalogues AgNO3 – Histories of Science and Photography in Sweden (2016), TIME/LIGHT/LOVE – Swedish Photographic Portraits 1840-2017 (2017) and A Way Away – Swedish Photographers Explore the World 1862-2018 (2018). Janne Jönsson, born 1958 in Varberg, is curator and project leader at Landskrona Foto and co-editor and designer of all three books for which he also has collected all images.

Timothy Prus, born in 1959, has worked as a curator, publisher, editor, writer and collector for the last 40 years. In 1992 he co-founded Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC). Prus’ publications include Nein Onkel (2007), The Corinthians (2008), Scrapbook (2009), Collected Shadows (2013), Whale’s Eyelash (2014), A Guide to the Protection of the Public in Peacetime (2014), The Cow and the Orchid (2017) and The Luton Auguries (2017).

20.00 - Kulturhuset, back yard.

Every night for the duration of the festival, there will be a screening program curated by Gösta Flemming showing at Kulturhuset. 


Arbeidersamfunnets plass
Friday 14 September: 18.00 – 22.00
Saturday 15 September – Saturday 22 September: 12.00 – 18.00
Sunday 23 September: 12.00 – 16.00

Please see the individual satellites for their opening hours


Norsk Kulturråd
Norsk Fotografisk Fond
Oslo Kommune
Norske Fagfotografers Fond
Fritt Ord

Fotobokfestival Oslo is produced by Forbundet Frie Fotografer

Photo credits:
Top banner: Paolo Woods & Gabriele Galimberti. From the book The Heavens – Annual Report 2015
Thumbnail: Carlos Spottorno, Rue du Rône, Geneva, Switzerland. From the book Wealth Management/WTF Bank, 2015.
Other photos: The artists, unless otherwise stated.