Name

Merethe Wessel-Berg

About

Merethe Wessel-Berg is a photographer based in Oslo, Norway (b. 1973).

She does Personal Narratives, Fine Art and Street Photography.

"Curiosity is my main tool in photography and in life. To grab a moment and look at it in a subjective way. To add a different mood or chord, using the different visual languages of black and white. When the scene is shot, it is something that once existed, but perhaps more visible than ever. I want my photographs to be like questions. Like scenes from a movie. The immediate, the unguarded moments. The beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. The perfectness of what’s imperfect. The in-between moments".

Leonard Cohen: "There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in".

PAPER MAGAZINES:
(Photography, Arts)

-SHOTS Magazine (Issues # 136 and # 137)
-Black and White Magazine, U.S (Issues #107, #121, #125, #127 and #131).
-Art Ascent Art & Literature Journal, 6 pages.
-Light - A Journal of Photography and Poetry (New York) (Issues #05 and #08).
-8 pages interview/ pictures Fotografi Magazine.
-Erlik Oslo.

ONLINE MAGAZINES:
(Photography, Arts)

-21 pages pictures and presentation Dodho Magazine (E-magazine).
-15 pages interview/ pictures Adore Noir Fine Art Photography Magazine, now Mono Chroma Magazine (E-Magazine): Issue # 44.
-Photographize Magazine E-Magazine (New York) (Issue # 38)
-Light - A Journal of Photography and Poetry (New York)
-streetphotographymagazine.com
-streetfoto.org
-Don't Take Pictures Magazine
-Feature Shoot Magazine
-The Independent Photographer
-Adore Noir Black and White Fine Art Photography Magazine (FB).
-Life Framer Collection
-Lens Culture Portfolio
-Foto.no
-The Edge of Humanity Magazine, E-Magazine.
-Lenscratch ("Summer" and "Snow" Exhibition)
-Art-Angle
-Designpilot

PHOTO BOOKS/ CATALOGUES:

-"Short Street Stories".
Selected street photographers. Pictures with a humorous and satirical look at contemporary society.
Published by Exhibit Around/ dotART Art Association, Italy.

-"Flowing City".
Italian writer/ journalist Roberto Srelz and selected photographers. Published by Exhibit Around/ dotART Art Association, Italy.

-"URBAN unveils the City and its secrets Vol. 03 Photobook”.
Selected photographers of urban photography. Published by dotART Art Association, Italy.

-"The Independent Photographer Talents of the Year Photobook" (Berlin-based).
Selected photographers.

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS:
(Solo, Group, Print, Projections)

-ROOT Studios NYC Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
-The 5th Biennal of Fine Art and Documentary Photography. The Space Nau Bastik, Barcelona, Spain.
-CLB Berlin Gallery - Collaboratorium im Aufbau Haus Am Moritzplatz. Space for Contemporary Art, Cultural Studies and Urbanism. Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany.
-ICA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
-Crypt at St. George the Martyr Church, London Photo Festival, UK.
-The Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), ROW DTLA, Arts District, LA, U.S. "Reflections Of A Dream" Exhibition.
-Trieste Airport: "Flowing City" collective project (Exhibit Around/ dotART Art Association, Italy).
-CDOC Chengdu Photography Center, Chengdu, China.
-Splashlight Studios, New York, U.S.
-Event Centre of SM City Pampanga, Philippines.
-The Novorossiysk Historical Museum, International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa, Russia.
-Berlin Foto Biennale, and The 4th Biennal of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Germany.
-Harvey Milk Photo Center, StreetFoto San Francisco Festival, U.S.
-Studio 314 Art Gallery, Xamza, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
-House of Lucie, Bangkok, Thailand.
-The Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP), Colorado, U.S.
-5th Edition of the International Festival of Urban Photography, Trieste Photo Days, Italy.
-4th Edition of the International Festival of Urban Photography, Trieste Photo Days, Italy. SOLO, "Paris/ Hide".
-The Brussels Street Photography Festival Preview, Belgium.
-Trieste Airport, Trieste, Italy.
-PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.
-Photo Center Gogolevsky, Moscow, Russia.
-Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
-Black Box Gallery, Oregon, U.S.
-Artel Gallery, Minsk, Belarus.
-Profeta Galeria, Budapest, Hungary.
-SDA Amphitheater, 12F School of Design and Arts, Manila, Philippines.
-Gallery of the Franco Crimean Republican Scientific Library, Simferopol, Crimea.
-Galeria Valid Foto BCN, Barcelona, Spain.
-Kisüzem, Budapest, Hungary.
-400 Bar, Budapest, Hungary.
-Pierwszy Lokal, Krakow, Poland.
-Restoran Polet, Belgrade, Serbia.
-Meduza, Belgrade, Serbia.
-Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece.
-A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, U.S.
-The Darkroom Gallery, Essex, U.S.
-PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, U.S.
-Carter House Gallery, California, U.S.

NATIONAL EXHIBITIONS:
(Solo, Group)

-House of Photography/ Fotografiens Hus, Oslo, Norway. SOLO, "Movement".
-Galleri R5, The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Oslo, Norway. SOLO.
-Galleri Rød. Halden’s Historical Collections/ Haldens Historiske Samlinger, Halden Museum. Rød Herregård, Norway. SOLO.
-The Norwegian Railway Museum/ Norsk Jernbanemuseum, Hamar, Norway.
-Haldens Historiske Samlinger, co-operation with Det Norske Blåseemsemble, Halden, Norway. SOLO.
-Day of Photography, Karl Johansvern, Norway’s National Museum of Photography/ Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway.
-Kokopelli House, Haugesund, Norway. SOLO.

Her Solo Exhibition "Milonga", scheduled for May 2017 in House of Photography/ Fotografiens Hus (Oslo), is postponed, due to health reasons, but will be exhibited at a later point. The exhibition is supported by the Exhibition Grant from The Norwegian Professional Photographer's Fund/ Norske Fagfotografers Fond.

AWARDS/ ACHIEVEMENTS:

-The Print Swap Collection, Feature Shoot Magazine.
-Darkroom Gallery Master (U.S).
-Urban Photo Awards
-IPA International Photography Awards
-TIFA - Tokyo International Foto Awards
-MIFA - Moscow International Foto Awards
-Project-/ Exhibition Grant (2 times), The Norwegian Professional Photographer’s Fund/ Norske Fagfotografers Fond.
-The 9th Pollux Awards, and the 10th Pollux Awards.
-Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris
-The 9th and the 10th Julia Margaret Cameron Award
-The International Street Photography Awards, StreetFoto San Francisco Festival.
-The 2nd Charles Dodgson Black & White Award.
-The Independent Photographer
-Nikonians Photography Awards
-IPA International Photography Awards Best of Show
-Lens Culture Street Photography Awards
-Life Framer Collection, and Lens Culture portfolio.
-Project-/ Travel Grant, Jan Baashuus Jessens Scolarship (Norway).
-Gullsnitt, the Norwegian Annual Awards of Advertising Photography, Norway (5 Awards).
-Project-/ Equipment Scholarship, Libresse jentefond (Norway).
-Photographer of the Year 2002/ 2003 (Black & White Paper Print) and 2001/ 2002 and 2002/ 2003 (Colour Paper Print), Oslo Camera Club OKK (Norway).

Merethe is autodidact in photography. She has a BA of Pedagogical subjects from Oslo Metropolitan University, and a continuing education of Pedagogical Development Work from HSN (University College of Southeast Norway).