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


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.


The Fritt Ord Foundation, NJP and Journal

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Supported projects – examples

The Democracy Festival 2014

Three former prime ministers and six recipients of the Fritt Ord Prize will be on stage at Demokratifestivalen on Eidsvoll, Saturday 13 September.

Per Fugelli, Abid Raja, Anne Sender, Nina Karin Monsen, Anders Sømme Hammer and Bushra Ishaq participate in what might be the most important conversation of this year’s celebration of the Norwegian Constitution’s 200th anniversary. Together will moderator Håvard Kleppa they will discuss the costs associated with freedom of speech.

The programme can be found here. The Fritt Ord Foundation has provided NOK 50 000 in support of the festival.

Support for documentary films


There were eight documentary films among the projects that were approved for Fritt Ord Foundation funding in August. Among them, Colorbar was granted NOK 150 000 for the production of "The last dose", in which the director Hilde Stålskjær Olsen shadows the former drug-abuser Siri as she makes her way out of drug-assisted rehabilitation. Motlys received NOK 100 000 to work with Paulina Cervenka's documentary film "Wanja" (picture) about a woman suffering from the fatal disease ALS. Further, NOK 200 000 was granted to Fenomen TV film og scene for the production of "The Lady from Os", directed by Pål Winsents - a sequel to the documentary "The Girl from Oz" (2006) about mentally challenged Christina.

A list has now been published of the grants awarded by the Fritt Ord Foundation in August 2014.

Photo exhibition - Pushwagner

Petter Mejlænder's photo exhibition "Pushwagner" will be on display at Gallery Fineart at Tjuvholmen in Oslo from 28 August to 14 September 2014. The photo exhibition is being shown in tandem with Pushwagner's sales exhibition "Movement". The exhibitions will be opened by Mayor Fabian Stang at 6 p.m. on Thursday, 28 August.

In working with the photographs and on Pushwagner's biography, Petter Mejlænder followed the artist's activities closely for seven years. In connection with the exhibition, Mejlænder's photo book about Pushwagner will also be launched. The Fritt Ord Foundation has provided NOK 50 000 in support for the photo exhibition and NOK 75 000 for the biography (a work in progress).