Sølve Sundsbø

Rankin says he is the future of photography. Tony Chambers says he is one of the photographers he would want to work with. Whoever you talk to, this 28-year-old Norwegian photographer is tipped as a rising star. An ex-assistant of Nick Knight, Sundsbø is involved in fashion, portrait and landscape photography. He created the extraordinary portrait of Asian artist Nitin Sawhney for Dazed & Confused, cast in plaster and screaming in anger, Munch style. Style bible Visionnaire, London’s I-D, The Face and Numero have also published his work. His images currently feature in Now, an exhibition of contemporary talent held in Stockholm. He defines his work as ‘searching’ and ‘curious’, photographing images ‘to find out what they actually look like’. He is influenced by photographers such as Knight and a host of non-photographic sources, from music to the visual arts.

Sundsbø does not associate himself with ‘the Scandinavian wave’ of photographers that seems to be invading British publishing. He says that his only Scandinavian trait is a desire ‘to simplify things, keep them functional’ and that he is really a ‘Londoner’ at heart.

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