Jacob Riis

A pioneer in the use of photography as an agent of social reform, Jacob Riis immigrated to the United States in 1870. While working as a police reporter for the New York Tribune, he did a series of exposés on slum conditions on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which led him to view photography as a way of communicating the need for slum reform to the public. He made photographs of these areas and published articles and gave lectures that had significant results, including the establishment of the Tenement House Commission in 1884. In 1888, Riis left the Tribune to work for the Evening Sun, where he began making the photographs that would be reproduced as engravings and halftones in How the Other Half Lives, his celebrated work documenting the living conditions of the poor, which was published to widespread acclaim in 1890. During the last twenty-five years of his life, Riis produced other books on similar topics, along with many writings and lantern slide lectures on themes relating to the improvement of social conditions for the lower classes. Despite their success during his lifetime, however, his photographs were largely forgotten after his death; ultimately his negatives were found and brought to the attention of the Museum of the City of New York, where a retrospective exhibition of his work was held in 1947.

Riis was among the first in the United States to conceive of photographic images as instruments for social change; he was also among the first to use flash powder to photograph interior views, and his book How the Other Half Lives was one of the earliest to employ halftone reproduction successfully. At a time when the poor were usually portrayed in sentimental genre scenes, Riis often shocked his audience by revealing the horrifying details of real life in poverty-stricken environments. His sympathetic portrayal of his subjects emphasized their humanity and bravery amid deplorable conditions, and encouraged a more sensitive attitude towards the poor in this country.

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Camilla Storgaard

Danish born Camilla Storgaard is a Berlin based artist. Her experimental vision on the body, gender and sexuality takes you under the skin of the Berliners and follows closely the contours of their messy existences.
Camilla is a self-taught photographer with a 3-year experience as artist-assistant at Studio Olafur Eliasson.
Her figurative nudes pulls inspiration from the late baroque to new wave grunge and forms her images into new story telling photography, showcasing the urban life, queers and club kids, where contemporary fashion blossom. She draws her inspiration from her friends, clubs, sex and light.

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Rasmus Mogensen

Rasmus Mogensen wanted to become a photo- grapher from age 8 and began his career wor- king as a photo assistant in Copenhagen and New York. He had his first independent photo exhibition at age 17 at Gallery Photografica in Copenhagen. His fine art photography is now exclusively represented worldwide by the renowned Fahey/Klein Gallery. Based in Paris, and now partly New York, he has been wor- king professionally as a fashion and beauty photographer for the past 15 years.

Rasmus Mogensen has worked with German, Australian and Russian Vogue, Citizen K, Allegra, French Elle, Jalouse, L’Officiel, Dansk, Vs Magazine, Zink, French Marie Claire, The Sunday Times Magazine, ES Magazine, Wallpaper, Tatler, Australian Har- per’s Bazaar etc.

He has shot numerous worldwide advertising campaigns for clients such as Wolford, Diesel, Shiseido, Lancel, Elizabeth Arden, L’Oréal, Kérastase, Hanro, Parfums Rochas, De Griso- gono, InWear, Pieces, Sand, Vero Moda, Escada and Swarovski.

“Photography is for me a search for harmo- nious shape and composition. What keeps me going is the fact that a creative career is a never-ending evolution in the search for a perfection that does not exist. I love the fact that there is always something you can become better at in the process.”

 

Christian Als

I became interested in social, political and economic issues in the developing world after travelling extensively for a number of years. Then I enrolled at the Danish School of Journalism from where I graduated in 2006.

Dividing my time between long-term documentary projects and commercial work, I am regularly commissioned by magazines and newspapers including TIME, The Newyorker, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Independent, The Economist, GEO, Stern, FOTO8, L’espresso, as well as humanitarian organizations and cultural institutions such as the Danish Refugee Council and UNHCR.

In my intrepid quest to visually explore a wide range of issues and events I have travelled to dozens of countries including Burma, Algeria, Gaza, Haiti, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, South Sudan, DR Congo and Kenya.

I am always looking for smaller stories that are representative of larger issues, because I believe that it is easier for humans to reflect on a more personal level.

I love to explore and have a passion for mountains, so in the last 15 years I have been on 8 mountaineering expeditions to places like Alaska, Karakoram, Tibet, Tien Shan, The Andes and Caucasus. You can see images and films on highcamp.dk (in Danish only)

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The Shadow City, Christian Als

The world’s population just passed the 7 billion mark, and for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities. In Nairobi, Kenya, one million people are crammed in to a piece of land the same size as Manhattan’s Central Park. The Kibera slum is located five kilometers southwest of Nairobi’s city centre

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I became interested in social, political and economic issues in the developing world after travelling extensively for a number of years. Then I enrolled at the Danish School of Journalism from where I graduated in 2006.

Dividing my time between long-term documentary projects and commercial work, I am regularly commissioned by magazines and newspapers including TIME, The Newyorker, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Independent, The Economist, GEO, Stern, FOTO8, L’espresso, as well as humanitarian organizations and cultural institutions such as the Danish Refugee Council and UNHCR.

In my intrepid quest to visually explore a wide range of issues and events I have travelled to dozens of countries including Burma, Algeria, Gaza, Haiti, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, South Sudan, DR Congo and Kenya.

I am always looking for smaller stories that are representative of larger issues, because I believe that it is easier for humans to reflect on a more personal level.

I love to explore and have a passion for mountains, so in the last 15 years I have been on 8 mountaineering expeditions to places like Alaska, Karakoram, Tibet, Tien Shan, The Andes and Caucasus. You can see images and films on highcamp.dk (in Danish only).

Mads Nissen

Mads Nissen was born in Denmark in 1979. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in photojournalism from The Danish School of Journalism he moved for two years to Shanghai to document the human and social consequences of China’s historic economic rise. In 2009, he was selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass. After working in China for such publications as Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel and Stern, he returned to his home country, where he is now based. In Denmark, Nissen worked for Berlingske/Scanpix, and in 2014 joined the daily Politiken as a staff photographer.
Nissen’s work has been awarded among others in the World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year contests, as well as receiving 15 awards from the Danish Picture of the Year, including twice both Photographer of the Year and Photo of the Year. He has published two books, Amazonas in 2013 by Gyldendal and De Faldne (The Fallen) in 2010 by People’s Press, about the Danish killed in the war in Afghanistan.
Mads Nissen is internationally represented by Panos Pictures; in Italy by Prospekt and in Germany by Laif.
 

Emil Schildt

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Emil Schildt is a self-taught photographer who has been taking pictures for more than 20 years – portraits and still life, and also identical twin with photographer Anders Schildt
He is now working as a teacher in photography in a highschool in the northern part of Denmark. His favourite techniques are cyanotypes, polymeregravure and liquid emulsions. Emil has had several exhibithions in Denmark and Europe. Emil says about his work:

I have allways been interested in old/odd techniques, because I like the imperfections.

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Photographer Kristian Bertel is mostly known for his series of Indian images, which started as a long-term project on India in 2008. The approach to his photographs is primarily to tell stories and a curiosity to know more about cultural differencies. With a focus on humanity and diversity the purpose of his photography is to describe these topics in mainly people and cityscapes.

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