Book launch: 'Conversations on Photography'

With 42 worldly renown practitioners and emerging authors, and countless other contributors and supporters, this results from relentless work across teams and institutions to bring forward a unique perspective in the field coming from the Nordic region.

Instead of presenting an objective, historical overview, Conversations on Photography grapples with the rapidly expanding and forward-thinking nature of image-making. By conversing with national and international contributors, the publication provides us with a renewed perspective on the region and beyond. It traces unexpected networks of such alliances while fostering an understanding of the need to build further connections across generations of practitioners. These discussions between some of photography’s foremost contemporary practitioners share unique insights into overlooked stories, erased moments, and movements in the medium’s history.

Startling and commissioning conversations of the past five decades of image production in the region and yonder, the book serves as a tool for digging deeper into the development of photographic practices from a situated perspective illuminating both local and international visual culture and its histories in the making. The book traces artistic movements and individual efforts to claim image production’s incredible significance catalyzing social change.

Registration is required for the event due to Covid-19 regulations.


17:00 Welcome from Artistic Director of Fotogalleriet Antonio Cataldo

17:15 Reading by Vilde Horvei

17:30 Response by Grace Tabea Tenga

Afterwards we invite you to join us for the opening of Oslo Fotobokfestival at Arbeidersamfunnets Plass starting at 18:00 and at Fotogalleriet from 19:00.

Participants in launch: Grace Tabea Tenga (1994-) is a psychology student at the University of Oslo, African-aesthetic dancer in Tabanka, activist, writer and art critic on a freelance basis in a number of journals. Vilde Horvei is a journalist and writer and former curator at the Munch Museum in Oslo.

Contributors: Dag Alveng, Zayne Armstrong, Bjarne Bare, Liv Brissach, Susan Bright, Antonio Cataldo, Lill Ann Chepstow-Lusty, Ann Christine Eek, Matias Faldbakken, Michael Andrés Forero Parra, Marthe Ramm Fortun, Eivind Furnesvik, Bente Geving, Ane Hjort Guttu, Bjørn Hatterud, Marianne Heske, Paul Hill, Kåre Kivijärvi, Silja Leifsdóttir, Håkon Lillegraven, Lotte Konow Lund, Gry Martinsen, Robert Meyer, Eline Mugaas, Cathrine Opie, Maria Pasenau, Martina Petrelli, Karen Fosse Rosness, Aaron Schuman, Fin Serck-Hanssen, Shirana Shahbazi, Helle Siljeholm, Mike Sperlinger, Stephanie Von Spreter, Hanne Hammer Stien, Nina Strand, Susanne Østby Sæther, Anna Tellgren, Nikhil Vettukattil, Ellisif Wessel, Susanne M. Winterling, Sara R. Yazdani

The book, edited by Antonio Cataldo, Fotogalleriet’s Artistic Director, is designed by Hans Gremmen and published by Kehrer Verlag, among the leading publishers of photography books in Europe.

About Fotogalleriet: In 2017 Fotogalleriet reached four decades of uninterrupted operation as the first institution solely dedicated to photography as a critical art practice. On the occasion of this jubilee, an incredible amount of work heralded the systematization of the foundation’s history and its archives by its staff consisting, among others, of Stephanie von Spreter, Silja Leifsdottir, and Martina Petrelli. The book developed organically during the following years with a new team comprised of Antonio Cataldo, Karen Rosse Fossnes, Håkon Lillegraven, Una Mathiesen Gjerde, and Annika Hagstrøm. Histories only partly present in the archive required further investigation and conversations with the makers of such accounts.

Acknowledgements: The Norwegian Royal Ministry of Culture provides Fotogalleriet’s principal operating support; additional operational funding comes from the Norwegian Photographic Fund (Nofofo), and in part, from the Oslo Municipality. This book could not have been possible without the additional support from The Arts Council Norway, Fritt Ord Foundation, and BKH – The Relief Fund for Visual Artists.

Cover image: Ellisif Rannveig Wessel, 'Five Sámi Children in Winter Snow, from Sandnes, Sør-Varanger, Finnmark' (1903); collections of the Norsk Folkemuseum. Inga, who is in the middle, will be photographed again by Bente Geving in 1985–88 for the series 'Anna, Inga, Ellen' exhibited at Fotogalleriet in 1988.