Velkommen til Dokfoto 2015 den 6 og 7 februar på Litteraturhuset i Oslo.
Årets program er nå satt og du kan lese mer om hver enkelt av fotografene som gjester festivalen her i nyhetsfeeden.
Welcome to Dokfoto 2015 February 6th and 7th at House of Litterature in Oslo.
This years line-up is now ready. Read more about the visiting photographers here in the newsfeed.


eras_210314_0916faEspen Rasmussen (b. 1976) is based at Nesodden, close to Oslo, Norway. He works as a photo editor in VG Helg — the weekend magazine of the biggest daily Norwegian newspaper VG. At the same time he is constantly working on his own photo projects. Rasmussen focuses specially on humanitarian issues and the challenges related to climate change. He is represented by Panos Pictures.
eras_290314_0693faIn 2008 he was listed by Photo District News on the prestigeous PDNs 30 — New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.

He has won numerous awards for his work, including two prizes from World Press Photo, several in the Picture of the Year international (POYi) and 32 awards in the Norwegian Picture of the Year.

In 2007, Espen received 60.000 dollar from the Freedom of Expression Foundation to continue his long-term project on refugees and IDPs around the world, which was published as the book TRANSIT in 2011, as well as a major exhibition.
eras_221014_0292faRasmussen is freelance lecturing photography at schools such as the Oslo University College and Bilder Nordic school of Photography. He is also frequently giving presentations at photo festivals and for a wide range of other audiences. For the last two years, he has been one of three editors/mentors in Norwegian Journal of Photography (NJP).
eras_300314_0142faHis work has been exhibited at the Nobel Peace Center (Oslo), The Humanity House (The Hague), UNHCR headquarter (Geneva) and DokuFest international film festival (Kosovo), among other places. Clients include the New York Times, The Independent, Intelligent Life, Fader magazine, MSF (Doctors Without Borders), NRC (The Norwegian Refugee Council) and UNHCR.

His work has appeared in magazines such as Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Der Spiegel and the Economist and newspapers such as The Sunday Telegraph and New York Times.
espen_rasmussen_webSee more of his work here. See his lecture Friday February 6th.


cy02Sim Chi Yin is a photographer based in Beijing, a member of VII Photo Agency.

A fourth-generation overseas Chinese, Chi Yin was born and grew up in Singapore. She did history and international relations degrees at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chi Yin was a finalist in W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography with a personal project on Chinese gold miners in 2013.

She is on the British Journal of Photography’s Ones to Watch list of photographers in 2014. She was also among the PDN30 – Photo District News’ top 30 emerging photographers – in 2013.

When she’s not working on personal projects on social issues in the region, she shoots regularly for the New York Times. Since going freelance in 2011, she has also photographed for The New Yorker, TIME, Le Monde, Newsweek, Vogue USA, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, New York Times Sunday Magazine and Stern.
simchiIn 2010, she was awarded a Magnum Foundation “Photography and Human Rights” fellowship at New York University.

Her work has also been shown and collected by art galleries, auction houses and foundations in Paris and New York.

Chi Yin was a journalist and foreign correspondent for The Straits Times, Singapore’s national English language daily, for nine years before quitting to shoot.
cy-by Alan LimSee more of her work here. See her lecture on Friday February 6th.


01-00418-sarah Harald Henden is a staff photographer in VG and one of the  most experienced conflict photographers . Ever since he visited Afghanistan the first time in 1989 , he has regularly covered conflicts and natural disasters.02-00418-gaza07In addition to VG his photos published in most prestigious magazines worldwide. Among many honors he has twice won Picture of the Year and won two 1st prices in World Press Photo .

In 2004 Henden awarded the Great Journalist Award for his longstanding work in war and disaster areas.
hendenXnyXcopyX2_1200401317_1200401333See more of his work here. See his lecture on Friday February 6th.


tanyaTanya Habjouqa was born in Jordan and educated in Texas, receiving her masters in Global Media and Middle East Politics from the University of London SOAS. 

She is known for gaining unique access to sensitive gender, social and human rights stories in the Middle East. She heavily utilizes her education in cultural and applied anthropology.

Habjouqa won the 2014 World Press Award for Daily Life Stories, was a finalist for the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award, and recipient of the Magnum Foundation 2013 Emergency Fund.

Tanya is a founding member of Rawiya photo collective, the first all female photo collective of the Middle East. Her work has been widely exhibited, and her series “Women of Gaza” was acquired by the Boston Museum of Fine Art in 2013 and in private collections.
tanya-habjouqa-06Based in East Jerusalem, she is working on personal projects that explore identity politics, occupation, and subcultures of the Levant.

She is published in Foreign Policy, Le Monde, British Journal of Photography, Repubblica, Io Donna, Guardian, Neue Zürcher ZeitungWall Street Journal, New Republic, New York Times Lens Blog, Monocle, COURRiER JaponAl Jazeera, National, Washington Post, New York Times, Time Lightbox, Boston Globe, and CNN. Clients include Riwaq, the National, Bloomberg,  UNDP, UNRWA, UNESCO, USAID, and the Said Foundation.

Tanya received the 2011 SND Silver Award for her Gaza story A Life Less Ordinary, the 2007 Clarion Award for coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah War for Bloomberg and the 2006 Global Health Council award for humanitarian photography with her Darfur coverage.

 She is represented by East Wing, an  international platform for photography, founded in Doha, Qatar.
tanya portrettSee more of her work here. See her lecture Saturday February 7th.


003_LET_in the shadow of the pyramidsLaura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer.
She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents & grew up between Saudi Arabia, Egypt & the US.

In 2002, she started her career as a newspaper photographer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & Sarasota Herald-Tribune (USA). In 2006, she became freelance so she could focus on pursuing personal projects.

002_LET_in the shadow of the pyramidsShe is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (USA) with dual degrees in journalism & political science.
RqS6KB6rSee more of her work here. See her lecture on Saturday February 7th.


Reverend and Mrs. Landers, Hughes, Arkansas, 1969Eugene Richards was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He took a degree in English and journalism, before he studied photography with Minor White at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1968 he joined VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and was assigned to eastern Arkansas, where he helped found a social service organization and a community newspaper, Many Voices, that reported on black political action and the violence of the Ku Klux Klan.

After publication of his first two books, Few Comforts or Surprises: The Arkansas Delta and Dorchester Days, Richards began working as a freelance magazine photographer, undertaking assignments on such diverse topics as the American family, drug addiction, river blindness, pediatric AIDS, abuses within the meatpacking industry, and aging and death in America.RIE1992010W00003-25-25A.jpgBut Richards is perhaps best known for his later books. Exploding Into Life, which chronicles his first wife Dorothea Lynch’s struggle with breast cancer, received Nikon’s Book of the Year award. For Below The Line: Living Poor in America, his documentation of urban and rural poverty, Richards was named Photojournalist of the Year by the International Center of Photography. The Knife & Gun Club: Scenes From an Emergency Room received an Award of Excellence from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue, an extensive reportorial on the effects of hard-core drug usage, received the Kraszna-Krausz Award for Photographic Innovation in Books.Many of his other projects and books have recieved numerous prices and honours.

At Dokfoto he will present his new book Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down

eugene portrettSee more of his work here. See his lecture Saturday February 7th.


logoFriday 6th of February from 6 pm:

Chi Yin Sim

Harald Henden .

Saturday 7th of February from 5 pm:

Tanya Habjouqa

Laura El-Tantawy

Eugene Richards


Saturday 7th of February

Booksigning with Eugene Richards at Tronsmo Bokhandel

Siste festivaldag

Det har vært en variert kveld her på Litteraturhuset. Vi hatt besøk fra Nederland, Sverige og Iran. Alle tre av fotografene har i løpet av kvelden vist stor entusiasme over egne prosjekter, og vist oss hvor engasjerte de er. Det har åpnet øynene våre på flere forskjellige måter.

Kveldens første foreleser, Kadir Van Lohuizen, delte sine bilder og opplevelser fra sin reise helt fra Chile i Sør-Amerika til helt nord i Alaska. Her har han tatt for seg temaet migrasjon, og virkelig reist i fotsporene til alle de menneskene som leter etter et nytt liv. Han fikk først ikke støtte til prosjektet, før han presenterte å kunne lage en app til iPad. Der oppdaterte han jevnlig fra hele reisen så hele verden kunne følge med. Selv om han bare har blitt ranet et par ganger, viser han ingen frykt når det kommer til å kunne vise en historie. På tross av advarsler fra høyere hold har han risikert livet sitt da han besøkte et av verdens mest voldeligste fengsler. Og bildene er aboslutt verdt det.


Neste på scenen var svenske Anna Clarén som gav oss en mer personlig historie. Hun viser oss bildene fra seriene Holding og Close to Home. Hun forteller oss om starten på fotokarrieren sin da hun tok bilde av hamsteren sin, Linnea Pølsen, i alle slags mulig rare, men fine, positurer. Begge seriene presenterer hun som sin egen dagbok, og undrer egentlig på hvorfor andre har interesse av å se disse bildene. Men det hun viser oss er så personlig og noe de fleste av oss kan kjenne oss igjen i.


Aller sist på programmet står Newsha Tavakolian som har reist helt fra Iran. Hun viser oss historiske bilder helt fra bestefaren hennes, som dessverre ble tvunget til å slutte å fotografere. Starten på karrieren hennes var ikke helt normal, da hun på fotostudiene stjal bilder fra andre fotografer og studenter. Hun likte virkelig ikke å ta bilder. Men så ble en flamme i henne tent, den fotojournalistiske iveren til å vise verden hva som skjer. Gjennom alle utfordringene hun har møtt har hun ikke gitt seg, men kjempet seg gjennom for å ta de viktige bildene. Og selv om også staten har prøvd å stanse henne, har hun aldri gitt opp håpet, og fortsetter å vise verden hva som virkelig skjer i Iran. Et sterk historie om et samfunn så er så annerledes det vi er vant med, og så utrolig sterke sjeler.


Dette var dessverre siste kveld på denne festivalen, men vi har sett mye bra og hørt mange sterke historier. Ser allerede frem til neste gang, og følg med for flere kommende arrangementer i år.


Vilde Borse & Ådne Dyrnesli 

Ein bevegande kveld

Dokfoto er godt i gong for i år, og andre kveld blei eit sterkt møte med fotografane Elles Van Gelder, Ilvy Nijiokiktjen og Mariell Furrer. Fellesnemnaren har vore eit ønske om å visa folk delar av verda som sjeldan blir sett. Med tema som Nazileirar for ungdom, kjønnslemlesting og seksuelle overgrep mot barn bevegde kveldens fotografar mange. Hilde Sandvik hadde Q&A med fotografane etter presentasjonane.

Elles Van Gelder og Ilvy Nijiokiktjen opna kvelden lystig med bursdagsong frå salen. Van Gelder og Nijiokiktjen samarbeider om å ta stillbilete og video. Dei har jobba i lag på fleire prosjekt, men det heile begynte med ein serie om Child Witches i Kongo. Ein sak som fekk lite publisitet. Seinare byrja dei jobba på prosjektet Afrikaner Blood, som omhandlar høgreekstremistiske treningsleirar for ungdom i Sør Afrika. Her blir dei unge gutane opplært til å forsvara seg, og at svarte er barbarar av mindre verd enn kvite. Prosjektet blei til ein multimedia-video som du kan sjå her. Dei viste også bilete frå eit nytt prosjekt som dei jobber med, om spesielle skuleballtradisjonar i ein ghetto i Sør Afrika.


Mariella Furrer tar opp store og vanskelige tema i fotografiene sine. Ho begynte med eit prosjekt om kjønnslemlesting i Kenya, men fekk tilfeldigvis eit oppdrag om å fotografera Seksuelle overgrep mot barn i Sør Afrika fordi ein kolega var på ferie. Dette blei til eit prosjekt som ho no har brukt 11 år på, og boka My Piece og Sky. Furrer føler ho er nøyd til å visa verda kva som skjer, og håper bileta hennar kan hindra det i å halda fram. Ho har brukt tid både med valdtekstoffer, på institusjonar og til og med i lag med overgriparar. Saken er ikkje god mot ond, seier ho, men heller ein gråsone. Overgriparen kan vera nett som deg og meg.


Under spørsmålsrunden fortalte Newsha Tavakolian (står på programmet i morgon) at ho hadde høyrd om Mariella Furrer når ho var 17 år og at Furrer hadde vore ei stor inspirasjonskjelde for ho. I morgon kan du høyra om og sjå bileta til Tavakolian, samt Anna Clarén og Kadir Van Lohuizen, me gler oss.


Vilde Borse & Ådne Dyrnesli