Rita Ora

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Tonight Rita Ora opened the European leg of her Phoenix World Tour at Sentrum Scene in Oslo. I was there shooting the gig for GAFFA.no and Gonzales Photo.

Ora is a British singer and actress. She has released two full length albums, her debut album «Ora» in 2012 and last year’s «Phoenix». She has also appeared in quite a few movies, including «Fast & Furious 6», «Fifty Shades of Grey» and «Southpaw».

Check out the full gallery of pictures at GAFFA.no.

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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2018 in Music: A Collection of Photos

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This year has been a year of new adventures. I’ve been doing a little less music photography, but has managed to travel a lot, visiting new and old places. Ibiza, New York, Iceland. New festivals with and without my camera bag; Panorama NYC, Roskilde Festival, Øyafestivalen, Iceland Airwaves. Enjoying life and working hard.

I started 2018 with a wonderful and intimate Charlotte Dos Santos show at Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene in Oslo and ended it with a really poor concert by Ms. Lauryn Hill at Oslo Spektrum. In between I’ve photographed artists like Sigrid, Grandmaster Flash, Gary Numan, Harry Styles, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Metallica, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters, Father John Misty, Prophets Of Rage, Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Roger Waters, Jeff Lynne, Laurie Anderson, Shania Twain, Blood Orange and MGMT. Not bad!

I sincerly hope you enjoy this collection of pictures from 2018 (click on the image for full screen).

Iceland Airwaves 2018

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Last week I travelled to Iceland to cover the festival Iceland Airwaves for GAFFA Norge. My article (in Norwegian) is published here, but I also had loads og pictures that I could not fit in the article so I wanted to share some of my favorite shots from the festival and Iceland in this blog post.

This was my first visit to Iceland so I’m really happy that I also had the chance to visit Secret Lagoon, Geysir and Gullfoss on this trip too. In addition to the Reykjavík Photographic Museum and the Icelandic Phallological Museum(!).

The musical highlights of this year’s Iceland Airwaves, for me, were Reikjavíkurdætur, Ólafur Arnalds, AURORA, Natalie Prass and Blood Orange. I was most disappointed with Snail Mail (great music, but not a very good show) and Julian Casablancas & The Voidz (Casablancas being a big hero for me on account of growing up with The Strokes, but his new project is really not that interesting and the show was a mess).

Jeff Lynne's ELO

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Jeff Lynne is not an artist who visit Norway too often (last time was in 1982), so when he finally decided to drop by Oslo Spektrum on a Friday night I knew I had to be there too with my camera. Along with the rest of the Norwegian press photographers I got to shoot the first three songs «Standin’ In The Rain», «Evil Woman» and «All Over The World» from FOH. Then I checked my bag in at the reception, got myself a beer and enjoyed the rest of the show.

The concert was filled with hits from Lynne’s long career. A lot of material from Electric Light Orchestra (the show was after all billed «Jeff Lynne’s ELO»), some solo work, and also a song by Traveling Wilburys (Lynne’s group with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and George Harrison).