For this year’s Day of Photography – Corona edition, Preus Museum is happy and proud to present KNUT EGIL WANG as this year’s festival exhibitor. Wang is a freelance photographer and a member of the photographer collective Moment. One of his images, a portrayal of Oslo during the lockdown, was earlier this year awarded Photo of the Year by the Press Photographers Club. This is the second time Wang receives this award.
Wang is a photographer who’s able to see the human within the empty and the extraordinary within the ordinary. Wang’s images might seem absurd and often quite humorous, but they also reflect his great love for people and all the weird things people do.
Inspiration gathered from the Streets of Oslo.
When Norway went into lockdown on the 12th of March 2020, Knut Egil Wang instantly knew that he needed to document the situation. He aimed to transfer the strange atmosphere experienced outside into images. But how? How do you photograph emptiness, that which doesn’t exist, the absence of life and activity? Wang roamed through the streets of Oslo by foot and by car to catch glimpses of people’s efforts to maintain the flow of everyday life. The result became a series of photographs influenced by humour, warmth and humanity.
Laptop in a gray park
This year’s photo is part of Wangs picture series taken during the lockdown. It’s a picture of an anonymous person sitting bent over a laptop in a gray park. The jury described the image as a “unique picture reflecting the universal feeling of the year 2020: gray, sad and in front of the computer. One can see oneself in the anonymous person portrayed; a person who’s very being inhabits all of the absurd emptiness, depression and melancholy that, when combined, encapsulates the year of Corona”.
An exhibition both indoors and outdoors.
In June 2021, at Preus Museum, you’ll be able to experience an outdoors exhibition showing images from Knut Egil Wangs series “Stillstand”; a series that is still under development. On the Day of Photography 28th of August, a second exhibition will open indoors at Artilleriverkstedet (the building adjacent to Preus Museum) with more images. Knut Egil Wang will also hold a lecture during this event.
Knut Egil Wang (1974)
Knut Egil Wang is an educated photojournalist from the University College of Oslo. He has, among other things, worked for the newspapers Bergens Tidende and Morgenbladet. Wang works on independent, long term projects, and he has published multiple photo books, such as Southbound, about life in the south. He was also a part of the Norwegian Journal of Photography #2 (NJP) with his photo series «While waiting for the Big One» from the San Andreas Fault in California. Wang has received several prices for his work, such as Photo of the Year in 2002 and 2020. Since 2002, he has participated in exhibitions both national and international. He is also a member of the photography collective Moment.
The Day of Photography 2021
Preus Museum has arranged the event’ Day of Photography’ since 2007 with great support from both exhibitors and the audience. This year’s ‘Day of Photography – Corona edition’ will be a more minor event because of infection control considerations. However, it will be just as exciting as the previous years. The event will be held indoors on Saturday 28th of August at Artilleriverkstedet, the building next to the museum. This year’s theme is contemporary documentation.
© Knut Egil Wang, Stillstand, 2020
© Knut Egil Wang, Stillstand, 2020