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Knut Egilwang February 3, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Norway.
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Givær, Norway 2004

Knut Egilwang (b.1974, Norway) is a documentary photographer based in Bergen, Norway, where he works for magazines and newspapers´ weekend supplements and personal projects. He graduated with a BA in photojournalism from Oslo University College in 1997. In 2002 he was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Master class, and the same year he received the prize Picture of the year in Norway. He has later won several awards for his work, also for his book Traktorland published in 2008. Knut is represented by Moment Agency.

About the Photograph:

“For more than a decade I have been photographing every day life on the small Norwegian island Givær. This island has only 13 inhabitants, and is not much larger than a couple of football stadiums. There are five cows and some more sheep, and almost every straw is harvested or grazed from the rocky, uneven fields. Givær is located 30 kilometers west of Bodø. Located north of the polar circle with dark winters and the midnight sun in summer. This photograph is from the day after a wedding. The bride is the one with the band aid. I don’t know exactly what happened to her knees. In documentary photography one should know as much as possible about what is going on, what you are photographing, the story behind the event. But what I like the most about photography are all the questions that can be raised from a photograph, all the stories that you can make up in your head.”

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