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ARNFINN JOHNSEN

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Arnfinn Johnsen (1958) has, during his 30-year career, become one of Norway's most merited photographers. He has more than 100 prizes in professional competitions, including Norwegian Association of Photographers prize ‘Photographer of the Year’; ‘European Portrait Book of the Year 2015’ by the Federation of European Professional Photographers in Montpellier, France; ‘Bronze Award’ (2010) and ‘Merit Award’ (2009, 2010) in the prestigious photo magazine Black and White in the United States; ‘Color Art Photo Gold Master’ (2015). As the 16th Norwegian photographer in history, he received the highest honor of the Norwegian Association of Photographers: ‘Gold with Garland’.

 

Johnsen is most known for his project ‘The Gold Club’, where he portrayed Norwegians with a gold medal from the Olympics with emphasis on these as fellow humans - behind the medals. There are so far 108 portraits, each with its permanent gallery in the Olympic arena Viking Ship, in Hamar and in Norway's Olympic Museum in Lillehammer. The book ‘Gold Club’ was published in 1993 as part of the official book series for the Lillehammer Olympics cultural program and featured 60 portraits. In 2013 he published ‘GOLD - 101 portraits of Norwegian Olympic winners’ by Font Forlag. In 2010 he released the project "Livsdans" at the Nordic Light festival in Kristiansund.

 

Johnsen frequently runs courses and workshops in Norway and abroa and is widely used as a jury member in professional photo contests. In 2011 he was appointed jury chairman in the National Competition of the Norwegian Association of Photographers. He teaches photography at Hamar Cathedral School and was awarded with the ‘Golden Rain’ award (2012) being the best photo teacher in Norway. He is member of NBK / The Association of Norwegian Visual Artist and NFF / Norwegian Association of Photographers.

Arnfinn Johnsen (1958) har i løpet av sin 30-årige karriere blitt en av Norges mest meritterte fotografer. Han har over 100 premierte arbeider i profesjonelle konkurranser og inkluderer ’European Portrait Book of the Year (2015)’ av Federation of European Professional Photographers i Montpellier i Frankrike; ’Bronze Award’ (2009) og ’Merit Award’ (2009, 2010) i det prestisjefylte fotomagasinet Black and White i USA; ‘Colour Art Photo Gold Master’ (2015). I Norges Fotografforbunds Landskonkurranse har han blitt kåret til ’Årets Fotograf’ på landsbasis og som den 16. norske fotograf i historien har han mottatt Norges Fotografforbunds aller høyeste utmerkelse ’Gull med Krans’.

 

Mest kjent er Johnsen for sitt prosjekt ’Gullklubben’, hvor han siden 1992 har portrettert nordmenn med gullmedalje fra OL med vekt på disse som medmennesker – bak medaljene. Det har nå blitt til 108 portretter som har hvert sitt faste galleri i Vikingeskipet i Hamar og i Norges Olympiske Museum i Lillehammer. Boken ’Gullklubben’ kom ut i 1993 som del av den offisielle bokserien for kulturprogrammet for Lillehammer-OL og inneholdt 60 portretter. I 2013 kom den nye boken ’GULL – 101 portretter av norske OL-vinnere’, utgitt av Font Forlag. I april 2010 stilte han ut prosjektet ”Livsdans”  på Nordic Light festivalen i Kristiansund.

 

Johnsen arrangerer en rekke egne kurs og workshops i Norge og i utlandet og er jurymedlem i profesjonelle fotokonkurranser. I 2011 satt han som juryformann i Landskonkurransen til Norges Fotografforbund. Han er utdannet pedagog, og underviser på Hamar Katedralskole. I 2012 mottok han prisen ’Gullregnet’ og ble kåret til den beste fotolæreren i Norge. Arnfinn Johnsen er medlem av NBK – Norske Billedkunstnere og NFF – Norges Fotografforbund.

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