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).

Brooklyn, NYC

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Last month I visited the amazing photographer Johanna Siring in her Brooklyn studio for a portrait session. Usually I tend to feel most comfortable behind the camera, but I must say she did a good job making me relax in front of her lens. All in all it was an enjoyable experiment.

Johanna is an experienced photographer who's been collaborating with quite a good selection of media and brands, including The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vice, i-D, Maybelline, Coca Cola, The North Face, H&M, Samsung, Red Bull and Warner Music. I really admire Johanna's body of work, both in fashion photography as well as other more personal projects.

I recommend checking out her portfolio at johannasiring.com.

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.

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.

2017 in Music: A Collection of Photos

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At the end of last year I tried to pick out the best pictures of my archive, and the blog post is currently the most popular on this site. So, why not try again this year? In 2016 I worked at more than 120 concerts (including festivals) so I've tried to do (a little) less concert photography this year. To make for a more interesting post (I hope) this time around, I've also included some portratis with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Laurie Anderson, Susanne Sundfør and Joey Santiago.

2017 has been a good year for music in general and I've been lucky enough to shoot pictures of such iconic artists and bands like Green Day, Conor Oberst, KISS, Solange, George Clinton, Lana Del Rey, Pixies, Alice Cooper and The Jesus and Mary Chain. But I've also had the chance to check out a bunch of new acts at Oslo's more intimate concert stages and at festivals like Eurosonic Noorderslag, Trondheim Calling and by:Larm during the winter, and at Bergenfest, Piknik I Parken and Øyafestivalen during the summer.

This year I've also had the pleasure of getting my first double-page spreads in the two largest newspapers in Norway with my portraits of Ed Sheeran being featured in VG and my interview with Sheeran (and my photos) being published in Dagbladet. My picture of AURORA from Bergenfest was also featured in a big article in VG later in the year. And in addition to that a picture of Terje Rypdal was published in The Guardian, while one of the best shots from Alice Cooper's show at Sentrum Scene in Oslo was featured in Rolling Stone along with a big interview with the veteran rocker.

As Pete Doherty's concert in Oslo this week was cancelled a couple of hours ago, it looks like I've shot my last concert of 2017 (and what a great way to end the year with Anna of The North at Parkteatret in Oslo earlier this month). But I've already started to fill up my calendar for 2018, and it looks like it is going to be a good year.

I sincerly hope you enjoy this collection of pictures from 2017 (click on the image for full screen).