The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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This week the exhibition «Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll» opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The exhibition is organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and will present approximately 130 instruments alongside posters and costumes. Many of rock's most celebrated and recognized instruments will be featured, representing artists across generations and subgenres. In addition to institutional and private collectors, many musicians are lending their performance and recording instruments.

I am so proud that my picture of Tom Morello (above) is a part of the exhibition. Last week legends like Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Don Felder (Eagles) and Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads) attended an exclusive sneek peek of the exhibition at the famous museum (where The Roots also performed during the night). Most likely I will head over to New York City in September to visit the exhibition myself. I must say it feels really strange having one of my pictures hang on a wall in a museum that holds a collection of work by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Vincent van Gogh, Man Ray and Henri Matisse.

Would strongly recommend a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City between April 8th and October 1st for some rock & roll history.

Below you can check out an article on me and the exhibition in the local newspaper BA.

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Øyafestivalen 2018

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My pictures from the 2018 edition of the Norwegian festival Øyafestivalen. While it is always nice to visit my neighborhood festival, more and more artists have bans professional photographers or hand out terrible photo contracts, that I will characterize as unsignable.

This year we were not allowed to shoot Arctic Monkeys and Kendrick Lamar, for instance (artists I have photographed in the past at festivals like Roskilde and Øya without any problems).

I will probably not be working as a photographer at festivals after this season, as I am really tired of carrying heavy equipment and not being able to work with (most of) the festival headliners. A sad development for concert photography indeed.

Festival Memories

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The summer is almost here! And although I won't be working as a photographer at a lot of festivals this summer, compared to previous years (only Oslo Sommertid, Piknik I Parken and Øyafestivalen in Oslo + Panorama Festival in New York (without my camera)), this is a good time to look back at some of my favorite festival memories from 2011 to 2017.

Some of the highlights include Lana Del Rey at Hovefestivalen in Arendal, Arctic Monkeys at Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Kendrick Lamar at Øyafestivalen in Oslo, The Libertines at Lollapalooza Berlin, Patti Smith at Bergenfest in Bergen and Radiohead at Primavera Sound in Barcelona.

I've also included some backstage portraits and audience shots in this post.

Thirty Seconds To Mars

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Last night Thirty Seconds To Mars held a concert in Oslo Spektrum as part of their «Monolith Tour». The band is fronted by famed actor Jared Leto (well known for his performances in movies such as «The Thin Red Line» (1998), «Fight Club» (1999), «American Psycho» (2000), «Requiem For A Dream» (2000), «Dallas Buyers Club» (2013), «Suicide Squad» (2016) and «Blade Runner 2049» (2017) - just to name a few).

I had a really good time in the photo pit, and I'm grateful that the photographers were allowed to stay in the pit during the full show. That is not something that happens too often.

Sigrid x 2 at GAFFA-Prisen 2017

As the editor-in-chief at GAFFA.no I am really happy to announce that Sigrid Raabe has won two awards at GAFFA-Prisen 2017, for Norwegian Artist Of The Year and Norwegian Hit Song Of The Year («Don't Kill My Vibe»).

I met Sigrid before her performance at The Nobel Peace Price Concert in Oslo last month to hand over the awards and shoot some portraits.

Read more about GAFFA-Prisen 2017 here.