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Norway's Nordic Light Festival of Photography Shines Above the Rest!

The Nordic Light Festival of Photography in picturesque, Kristiansund, Norway, is one of the most impressive celebrations of photography in Europe. For over 10 years this quaint fishing town invites some of the most important photographers in the world to present and exhibit their work. During five incredible days, visitors enjoy insightful, touching, and often very funny lectures by world class guest photographers. This year was no exception with over 20 renowned photographers in art, fashion, and journalism.


Kristiansund, Norway

In galleries spaced across the town most of the guest photographers have their works exhibited and on sale during the 5 day festival in May through the end of the summer. During the festival the photographers are available to sign books, talk about their works and look at aspiring photographer's portfolios. Visitors can also easily talk to the photographers at the local restaurants or festival cafe, and in the late evenings, as the galleries are open until midnight, receive an intimate gallery talk with these world-class photographers.

The festival also offered insights from three non-photographer speakers this year including London gallerist Kristin Hjellegjerde, Norwegian art collector Christian Ringnes and local composer Kjetil Bjerkestrand. Giving another perspective on the world of art.

IRK Magazine founders, Julien and Mia, had the great honor of attending the festival as guest photographer French Cowboy. We were deeply touched by this small town in Norway, Kristiansund, that has been able to create a festival that rivals the larger festivals in Europe and the rest of the world. There were so many amazing photographers including photography giants John Swannell, Sølve Sundsbø and Peter Turnley with so much to share both during their lecture or over a glass of wine.

The high quality yet intimate warmth of this festival is thanks to the kindness and dedication of the few people running the festival including one of Norway’s most known photographers, Morten Krogvold, the managing director, Ingunn Strand, and the many local volunteers who believe in the importance of this festival to both Kristiansund and the world. It was magical and we recommend Nordic Light to collectors, students, established photographers and any lover of photography.

You should definitely mark your calendars for the 13th edition of the Nordic Light Festival of Photography next May.

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