Thursday, September 12, 2013

Andreas Smaaland (b.1972) is an Norwegian photographer

Cloaked in a shroud of mystery, speckled with a dash of charm and wit, Andreas Smaaland (1972, Norway) is an upcoming force to be reckoned with in Norwegian photographic circles. A relative newcomer to the profession, it took sudden unemployment, and a series of coincidences, to lead him to purchase a camera, hit the streets, and begin shooting.
Starting out on his photographic journey in 2008, he was already acclaimed just two years later at a local Oslo exhibition for debutant photographers, capturing the attention of the jury with his mainly black and white un-enhanced portrayal of life on the streets. The jury found Andreas' work to have an impressive visual understanding, giving the viewer an immediate perspective of time and place, rather than using photography as a means to tell a story.  It is this aspect that separates the street photographer from the documentary maker. Remarkably, Andreas, so early in his newfound profession, has the ability of describing life and its restless unpredictability, as brilliantly as he does.

« you heard about me, you just didn't know it was me » - Andreas Smaaland
« I respect that » - f kroutchev

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