“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye”.
Werner Anderson

To me inspiration and beauty is everywhere, but I tend to sway towards the unperfected, somewhat different and strange. I am very conscious about the material I choose to present my work on to emphasise the message in my pieces.

The greatest thing about constantly developing in my work as an artist, is that I always feel like my journey is just about to begin.

About the artist

Werner Anderson (1972)
Norwegian photographer, director and visual artist.

With a socially engaged approach to art, Anderson poses through his poetic images open questions about collective and individual processing of the past. The artist also works with themes related to the relationship between man and nature.

Anderson’s artistry is largely characterized by the photographer’s experience from conflict areas. On assignment for humanitarian organizations such as the Red Cross and Norwegian People’s Aid, he worked for many years documenting the removal of explosives and the lives of civilian war victims in the aftermath of war and conflict. For over a decade he has worked in countries in Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and South America.

Werner Anderson’s pictures have been exhibited at, among others, Somerset House in London, Longyearbyen cultural center in Spitsbergen, the Preus Museum, the Nordic Light International Festival, and at various galleries in Russia, Italy, Spain, Jordan and Ireland. He has also received several national and international awards for his work, including the Sony World Photography Awards. Werner has also had several artist residencies, including at Edvard Munch’s Atelier.

When not working on a specific project, or in between assignments, his passion for photography has often led him on a path to encourage the next generation of young photographers in his local community, but also further afield, thus establishing Werner as a well sought speaker and workshop organizer.

Selected Exhibitions

  • Herbarium, Nes kunstforening, Nes Kulturhus 2023
  • Herbarium, Galleri Albin Upp, Oslo 2023 (C)
  • Herbarium, Celsius Glass Studio/Devoldfabrikken, Sula 2023
  • Herbarium POP-UP, Drøbak 2023
  • Herbarium, Cameratene Gallery, Oslo 2023
  • Scar, 22. July-Centre, Oslo 2022-23
  • Scar, Palazzo Bembo, Venezia Art Biennale 2022 (C)
  • At Work in Japan, Cameratene Gallery, Oslo 2020
  • Scar / Corpus Obscura, Galeria Valid Foto, Barcelona 2019 (C)
  • In Heaven or Hell, Edvard Munchs Ekely Studio, Oslo 2019
  • Scar, Somerset House, London 2018 (C)
  • Arctic Mood, Official opening of Svalbard Kulturhus, Longyearbyen 2011
  • Naked, Fotografiens Hus, Oslo 2011
  • Observer, Winning Exhibition, Norwegian Advertise Photographers, Oslo 2009
  • We Made it Happen, Nordic Light International Festival of Photography, 2009
  • Children and War, Stavanger Museum, Norway 2009 (C)
  • Bombie Boyz, National Museum of Photography, Norway 2009 (C)
  • We Made it Happen, Oslo, Dublin and Barcelona 2008
  • With Love, Oslo and Akaba 2007

Artist Recidencies and Grants

  • Norske Fagfotografers Fond, 2023
  • Norsk kulturfond, 2023

  • LNU Kulturstøtta, 2023

  • Fritt Ord, 2021
  • Stiftelsen Edvard Munchs Atelier Ekely, 2019 and 2020
  • The Scandinavian-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, 2018 and 2020
  • SEANSE Senter for kunstproduksjon, 2016

Selected Awards

  • Analog Sparks 2023, Gold Winner in Human Intimacy – Polaroids in Natura
  • International Photography Awards 2023, Official Selection + Honorable Mention for Herbarium
  • Sony World Photography Awards 2018, 3rd. Place Still Life Series Scar
  • Double Winner of the 12th Pollux Awards 2019, Series Still Life and Figure
  • EISA Maestro 2018, Norwegian National Winner
  • Gullsnitt 2011, Gold and Silver Awards, Norwegian Advertise Photographers
  • Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2008, Best Norwegian Debut Cook Book
  • Utsnitt 2008, Gold Award – Own Work – Norwegian Advertise Photographers
  • Foto.no, Special Prize 2008

Selected Art Commissions

  • Annen Etage/Hotel Continental, Norway
  • Clarion Collection Savoy Hotel, Norway
  • Restaurant Eik and Fjord, Norway
  • Gudbrandsgard Hotel Spa, Norway

Selected Multimedia

  • Arctic Mood, Russia, Italy, Norway and Sweden 2011-14
  • NRK-TV Telethon, outdoor art installation, Norway 2011
  • Inferno 1904, Norway and Italy 2004

Selected Books

  • Arctic Mood, Nordnorsk Jazzsenter/Brynjar Rasmussen 2011
  • Fish and Shellfish cookbook, Aschehoug & Co/Ole Jonny Eikefjord 2011
  • Naked, Own Press 2011
  • We Made It Happen, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2008
  • Gourmet for the People, Samlaget/Ole Jonny Eikefjord 2008

Selected Collections

  • Kunstforeningen i NRK
  • Mrs. Nessheim Henriksen & Mr. No 1 Berg
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