Froðí Lassen is resting on a slaughtered whale after a long evening with whaling in the little village of Hvannasund in the Faroe Islands. Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Froðí Lassen is resting on a slaughtered whale after a long evening with whaling in the little village of Hvannasund in the Faroe Islands. Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Andrea Gjestvang mit Lehrauftrag im kommenden Semester

Andrea Gjestvang hat auch im kommenden Semester einen Lehrauftrag am Studiengang Fotojournalismus und Dokumentarfotografie der Hochschule Hannover inne. Die Norwegerin wurde international vor allem durch ihr Fotoprojekt “One Day in History” bekannt, das Porträts von überlebenden des Terroranschlages am 22. Juli 2011auf ein Ferienlager in Utoya, Norwegen, zeigt. Mit dieser Arbeit gewann sie unter anderem den “Sony World Photography Award” im Jahr 2013. Zudem wurde sie häufiger beim „Picture of the Year“ Wettbewerb Norwegens ausgezeichnet, ist Gewinnerin des „FotoVisura Grant“ 2013 und belegte 2012 den dritten Preis beim UNICEF Foto des Jahres. Andrea lebt und arbeitet in Oslo und Berlin und wird den Kurs „The narrative Portrait“ unterrichtet. Fotostudenten.de hat Andrea vorab drei Fragen gestellt:

Andrea Gjestvang

Andrea Gjestvang

fotostudenten.de: What does photography mean to you?
Andrea Gjestvang: It means creating a bridge between us and them – it’s a way to give people the opportunity to identify, care and understand other human beings and what is going on in the world. For me personally photography means to combine my creative, visual skills and my social commitment.

fotostudenten.de: What are the requirements to be successful as photographer today?
Andrea Gjestvang: You need to have something on your mind – something to tell, and to do it your way. You really need to have good images and a good concept, because there are people out there that do have both and you shouldn’t settle for less.

fotostudenten.de: What do you want to teach the students and what are your tips for newcomers?
Andrea Gjestvang: I know that students are often frightened to do portraits, they are afraid of the intimacy and expectations that are created during taking one person’s portrait. In the class “The narrative portrait” I want to teach them how to overcome this obstacle, and maybe use their own fears to reach a deeper level in their work. I will guide them in getting closer to their own vision and approach. My advice for emerging photographers is to be patient, always work on your own long-term projects. Don’t care so much about pleasing people in the business. Don’t hide your work but show it around and make yourself visible!

Um Andrea auch fotografisch kennen zu lernen, zeigen wir hier Fotos aus ihren Arbeiten. (SF)

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Madelene (17) and Benedikte (14) in Baatsfjord, norther Norway. From the project «Everybody Knows This is Nowhere». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Madelene (17) and Benedikte (14) in Baatsfjord, norther Norway. From the project «Everybody Knows This is Nowhere». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Sigve (17) hunting grouse in Bugoeynes, northern Norway. From the project «Everybody Knows This is Nowhere». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Sigve (17) hunting grouse in Bugoeynes, northern Norway. From the project «Everybody Knows This is Nowhere». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Negin (15) was deported to Iran after living in Norway for almost five years as an asylum seeker. From the series «Return». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Negin (15) was deported to Iran after living in Norway for almost five years as an asylum seeker. From the series «Return». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Sara (9) and her six sisters were sent to Jordan after living for nine years in Norway. From the series «Return». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Sara (9) and her six sisters were sent to Jordan after living for nine years in Norway. From the series «Return». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Ylva (15) was severe injured during the 22nd July attack on the island of Utoya in Norway. From the series «One Day in History». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Ylva (15) was severe injured during the 22nd July attack on the island of Utoya in Norway. From the series «One Day in History». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Ina (21) was shot five times on Utoya, and survived because friends took care of her while they were hiding in the woods. From the series «One Day in History». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Ina (21) was shot five times on Utoya, and survived because friends took care of her while they were hiding in the woods. From the series «One Day in History». Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Asiaq (8) watches the helicopter landing outside the classroom window in Siorapaluk, the northernmost village in Greenland. Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Asiaq (8) watches the helicopter landing outside the classroom window in Siorapaluk, the northernmost village in Greenland. Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Inhabitants from the small village Aappilattoq in Greenland meet for a football game on the ice in the afternoon. Foto: Andrea Gjestvang

Inhabitants from the small village Aappilattoq in Greenland meet for a football game on the ice in the afternoon. Foto: Andrea Gjestvang