Exhibition: Lights On - Morten Andersen In books and frames

Opening Night Friday 11 september 7-9 pm

” I want to create stories with my pictures. Fictitious stories from my encounters with the real world. Stories which makes you start seeing; Oslo, the underground rock scene, Norwegian nature, my own neighbourhood and international cities." - Morten Andersen

Morten Andersen (b 1965 Oslo) is one of Norway´s leading figures in photography. Through his 18 photobooks and numerous exhibitions he has invited us into his shadowland. He is a sharp witness of his own surroundings and expresses them by creating his own stories of everyday existence, strange worlds, silent nature and unusual characters. His work occupies a unique space between the objective and the subjective, the illusory and the real. By turning his lens towards real places and real people he also brings in cultural, historical and political issues.

LIGHTS ON is his first major exhibition in Oslo focusing on both the individual prints framed on the wall and his extensive book production showcasing all the books. The exhibition consists of 40 prints presenting black&white work from the 90´s, vintage prints as well as more recent color work.

Morten Andersen was born in Akershus, Norway 1965. Started making fanzines and taking pictures of friends in punk rock bands at the age of 15. Continued shooting for bands and the Norwegian press during the 1980s, also worked in the darkroom at a daily newspaper in Oslo. Moved to New York and studied at International Center of Photography in 1990, where his teachers included photographers like Joan Liftin, Nan Goldin, Ken Schles and Larry Clark. Had an internship with Magnum photographer Gilles Peress.

Had his first solo exhibition at Fotogalleriet in Oslo in 1992, since then has had solo and group shows in New Zealand, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, Italy, Austria, Holland, England, Sweden, USA, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland. Has published 18 books of his own work: Fast City (1999), Days of Night (2003), Oslo F. (2005), Leira (2006), White Nights (2006), Fast/Days (2007), ASS TIME GOES BY (2008), Blå Skog/Blue Forest (2009), Jetlag and Alcohol (2009), Color F (2010), M in M (2011) and Black and Blue (2011).

Lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

Picture Title: Color F # 5, 2009, From the book Color F