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Launch party for the first edition of the Norwegian Journal of Photography

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We invite the public to a launch party for the first edition of the Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP) at 6 p.m. on Friday, 5 April 2013, at the Fritt Ord Foundation's premises at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo. The launch will feature presentations of all the photo projects.

NJP contains 10 independent photographic essays by Helge Skodvin, Andrea Gjestvang, Karin Beate Nøsterud, Ingvild Vaale Arnesen, Ellen Lande Gossner, Marie Sjøvold, Monica Larsen, Linda Bournane Engelberth, Eivind H. Natvig and Oddleiv Apneseth.

Programme for the evening: Words of welcome by the Fritt Ord Foundation and the NJP editors, presentation of the photo-essays by the photographers, a musical interlude featuring the Valkyrien Allstars, the unveiling of the book, and a publisher's comment on why the book looks the way it does and its path out into the world.

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“As photographers and bookmakers, we firmly believe that the best way to deepen and expand a photographer’s vision is to give him or her the time and support to work on a long-term project that he or she is passionate about – and this is exactly what the NJP has provided each photographer. For the past two years – and in some instances longer – these talented and committed Norwegian men and women have been photographing their country, bringing to each project curiosity, intelligence, and passion – as well as a unique eye.”
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“Over the past two years, NJP and the Fritt Ord Foundation have brought together and encouraged ten Norwegian photographers who have been working on their own individual projects over time. Our goal is to cultivate a photographic community here at home. We aspire to create an inspiring forum that will enable Norwegian photographers to show their works internationally while continuing to produce relevant and exciting visual stories.”
– Foreword: Rune Eraker, Laara Matsen, Espen Rasmussen (NJP editors)

The Swedish photo book publisher Journal is behind the publication.

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Prize for best Norwegian short documentary to 'This is Kabul'
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'This is Kabul' won the prize for the best Norwegian short documentary at the Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) this week. The film was produced by Bakkenivåfilm (Ground Level Film) and directed by Nargis Azaryun, Sadaf Fetrat, Sahar Fetrat, Anders Sømme Hammer and Christoffer Næss. The Fritt Ord Foundation congratulates the winners!

Since 2011, three young women named Sahar, Sadaf and Nargis have filmed their own lives in Kabul. Among other things, the film follows the establishment of the organisation 'Young Women for Change', which works to liberate young Afghani women. The jury's grounds state inter alia that the film "expands our perspective on those who are usually defined as victims, and demonstrates how a documentary film has the power to empower the powerless. The documentation in the film is strong, unique and engaging".

The Fritt Ord Foundation provided NOK 150 000 in support for production of the film in 2013.

Audience Award to Flink Pike (Good Girl) at BIFF 2014
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Congratulations to Director Solveig Melkeraaen and 'Good Girl' on winning the Audience Award at the Bergen International Film Festival.

The documentary film 'Good girl' depicts Director Solveig Melkeraaen's experience of severe depression and treatment that included electroshock therapy. Produced by Ingvil Giske of the Media Operators, the film is described as a 'feel good' movie about depression.

The Fritt Ord Foundation provided a total of NOK 500 000 in funding for the development, production and launch of 'Good Girl'.