‘Life Exposed’  was part of  Photo City in 2017 which included work from students from the Photojournalist Education at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. The exhibition celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Photojournalist Education and showed ten photographic projects and video productions selected by the faculty teachers Mads Greve and Søren Pagter made by students in the period 2014-2017. The students worked within a great variation of styles and topics but they all engaged in our contemporary time, aiming to describe the reality that we do not notice even when it is right in front of us. 

Evgeny Makarov


Evgeny Makarov is a Russian/ German photojournalist who presented the project ‘Narko Stop’ in Photo City in 2017 as part of the exhibition, ‘Life Exposed’ . Evgeny was born in 1984 at St.Petersburg and spent his childhood between Germany and Russia. He studied social and political science at the University of Hamburg. He went on to study photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark and graduated from the international program in 2014. Evgeny was selected and participated in the 2015 Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo and the 2018 Eddie Adams Workshop. At the time of writing (October 2019) he is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and works as a freelancer for international publications in addition to his personal projects.

‘Narko Stop’ or ‘NS’ is a radical nationalist vigilante group, proclaiming to be taking the fight against drug dealing in Russia into their own hands. Vigilantism is met widely with approval by Russian society, therefore, this growing group carry out brutal raids on their victims – alleged drug dealers on busy streets, in bright daylight. Their victims rarely filing charged due to fear of the police and the authorities. The men primarily target people selling ‘Spice’, a psychoactive, synthetic designer drug that mimics the effects of cannabis. These brutal raids involve beating them, forcing them to smoke the drug, painting their victims face with enduring paint and covering their faces with pepper spray. Documenting the situation with mobile phones they later upload photos and videos of their raids online. 

After the festival, Evgeny Makarov  has various projects such as ‘ A dacha state of mind’ which explores the small universe of the dacha people who enter a state of in-between, their daily struggles put on pause. Others include ‘Defenders of Denmark’ which looks at ‘The Hjemmeværnet’ a military organization under the danish ‘Ministry of defence and ‘Houseboats’ looks the individuals living on Hamburg’s waters’. His work includes many more stories. 

Ella Kinviniemi


The Finnish photographer Ella Kiviniemi (b. 1991) presented her project ‘Damage is Done’ in Photo City in 2017 as part of the exhibition, ‘Life Exposed’.

Ella Kiviniemi is a Master’s Student in Photography at Aalto University, and has also studied at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in 2015, Denmark. In 2017, she photographed the effects of climate change in Finland for the book Calm Before the Storm, the cover image of the book, taken by Kiviniemi, was awarded the Picture of the Year 2017 in Finland. 

‘Damage is Done’ is the photographer’s personal story about the physical and psychological wounds left by anorexia nervosa. Even after recovery, she had to accept the various symptoms caused years of malnutrition. Through pictures of the weakened body and the repetitive daily meals, the project talks about the slow process of regaining life. 

Heba Khamis


Heba Khamis (b. 1988) is an Egyptian visual researcher and photographer who presented her project ‘Banned Beauty’ in Photo City in 2017 as part of the exhibition ‘Life Exposed’.

She concentrates on the sensitive social issues that are often ignored. After graduating in 2011,with a  Bachelor in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt. Heba decided to shift career and worked as a photojournalist. Doing aDiploma in photojournalism in 2016,  from the Danish school of media and journalism, in Aarhus, Denmark and a Diploma in photojournalism in the faculty of applied science and arts. Hannover University, Germany in 2017. She has covered the two revolutions in Egypt and the aftermath and After volunteering in Uganda, her photography developed more into long- term documentation. Recently she is working on tabooed social issues related to the body, breast ironing in Cameroon, gay prostitution among straight refugees in Germany and Transgenders in Egypt.   

In 2019 she was awarded second prize people singles at  “world press photo” contest with her  “Black Birds” series. And in 2018 first prize, contemporary issues stories at the “world press photo” contest with the “Banned Beauty”, The series also being shortlisted, photo-reportage in 2019 for “Nannen Preis” award and Honorable Mention at  “Through a Women’s Lens” award in 2018.  ‘‘Banned Beauty’ is a long term and ongoing visual research, that  started in late 2016, focusing on the practice of breast ironing in Cameroon. In Cameroon early marriage, teenage motherhood and rape are common experiences for many girls and women. Girls reach puberty much earlier than the age at which they usually marry and one out of every five girls is a teenage mother. 

In an attempt to delay breast development in young girls, it is a common practice for their mother or grandmother to massage pubescent girl’s breasts using hard or heated objects – mostly cooking tools heated over coals. Nearly a quarter of Cameroonian women have endured some form of breast ironing. The practices take different forms from village to village, but the goal is the same. Family matriarchs hope that flattening the girls’ breasts will delay or hide their maturity, so that these young girls will appear less attractive to men. There is a fundamental contradiction between the physical pain caused by the practice of breast ironing and the love which motivates mothers and grandmothers to continue the practice. For mothers, breast ironing is a way to demonstrate their love by protecting their daughters. To hurt in order to protect is a way of showing love. The complexity of this contradiction is central to Khamis’s project. 

Ulrik Hasemann & Mathias Svold


Mathias Svold

Mathias Svold (b. 1991) is a documentary photographer based in Denmark. Besides pursuing personal long-term projects he is working with various kinds of reportage, portrait and video assignments. His work often investigates how climate, people and communities affect the nature. In 2017 he graduated from the Danish School of Media and Journalism’s photojournalism program. He has been interning for National Geographic Magazine (US) and Jyllands-Posten (DK), and he is currently a mentee at VII’s two-year program.

Ulrik Hasemann

Ulrik Hasemann is a documentary photographer based in Copenhagen, Denmark and received an education in The Danish School of Media and Journalism  going on to work at the Danish daily Dagbladet Information for 18 months. His work mainly revolves around the relations between man and nature as well as social topics and issues regarding human rights.

The exhibit was produced when Mathias Svold and Ulrich Hasemann in 2016 travelled to the biggest forest in Denmark called ‘Rold Forest’ to explore the value of the forest and to investigate the industrial and spiritual use of nature of today. Denmark is the country in Europe with the least amount of wild nature. Almost every spot is filled with cities or fields while timber production and mountain bike trails characterize the forests. The forest historically being a place we loved, whereas now becoming a place we exploit and occasionally visit as tourists. 

They have  since been involved in ‘Kystland’ where they journeyed along the coasts of Denmark and unfolded the story of the nature of the people found where land and water meet. This body of work is a combined effort of artistic documentarism, offering us everyday life, as well as extraordinary moments from the coasts. ‘Kystland’ was exhibited with the festival in 2019 as part of our Satelite program. 

Kystland 2019 Installation & Artist Talk

Mikkel Hørlyck


The Danish photographer Mikkel Hørlyck (b. 1990) presented his project ‘The Neglected’ in Photo City in 2017 as part of the exhibition, ‘Life Exposed’. Mikkel works as a freelance photojournalist focusing on long-term projects and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark and at the time of writing (October 2019) is an intern at Danish daily newspaper Politiken. His work has received honours and awards in Danish Picture of The Year, International Photography Awards, Festival of Ethical Photography among others.

‘The Neglected’ depicts an orphanage in the city of Orhei in Moldova, the orphanage makes up some 200 boys and men who are physically and mentally disabled. Countless of the boys are born with disabilities, therefore, growing up in the institution. The ages vary from the oldest at 40 and the youngest a newborn. Growing up in this environment has meant that they lack the care and attention they require for their emotional development. Moldova is the poorest country in Europe and poverty is one of the main reasons many couples are forced to surrender their children to orphanages.  Mikkel Hørlyck was fascinated by how these boys interact with each other and communicate their emotions. Choosing to focus on the special moment where you could see universal emotions recognized by every human being. 

Since the festival, Mikkel Hørlyck has also dealt with issues of drug use in his series ‘I Refuse to Die’ and anorexia in his series ‘Anorexia Nervosa’. His work exploring the human condition and the overlooked individuals of society. At the time of writing (October 2019) Hørlyck is involved in a group exhibition in Viborg and the IPA annual group exhibition in New York City.

Sille Veilmark, Benjamin Nørskov and Nanna Navntoft


Benjamin Nørskov

Benjamin Nørskov is currently working in at the danish newspaper Jyllands Posten in Aarhus.   

Sille Veilmark

Sille Veilmark graduated with a bachelor in photojournalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) in 2019, where she received the Ritzau Scanpix Prize for best photojournalistic bachelor with the climate project “1°C”, in collaboration with photojournalist Sofie Mathiassen.

During her education she worked as a photojournalist at the Danish daily Information for 18 months, and exchanged at Western Kentucky University, USA for 5 months, to explore video as photojournalistic media. She was offered an internship at Kertis Creative in Louisville, Kentucky, and extended her stay for 4 more months to immerse herself in video production.

She currently holds the title of photographer, videographer and editor at Grafisk Afdeling, a graphic bureau in Roskilde, where she produces video based marketing for political parties and unions.

Her personal work deals with topics like identity and youth, environment and climate, and how that impacts the human psyche.

Nanna Navntoft

Nanna Navntoft (born 1988) is a Danish documentary photographer based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

After graduating with a BA in geography, she started studying photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX). As part of her education she worked at the Danish daily, Dagbladet Politiken for 18 months. She then studied abroad at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK). In January 2020 she graduated from DMJX and is now working freelance. Her work deals primarily with social topics like addiction in different ways, which she mainly explores through intimate portraiture.

Photographer Sille Veilmark, Benjamin Nørskov and Nanna Navntoft collaborated on the video project ‘Crazy about Food’ exhibited in Photo City in 2017 as part of the exhibition, ‘Life Exposed’. ‘Crazy about Food’ looks at 24-year-old Ditte, who is one of the 40.000 – 50.000 Danish citizens who suffer from Binge Eating Disorder. The disorder isn’t recognized as part of the Danish healthcare system and therefore she can’t get the necessary help to cope with her addiction, secretive overeating, and ultimate loss of self-control.  

Photographer Sille Veilmark, Benjamin Nørskov and Nanna Navntoft, "Crazy about Food", Copenhagen Photo Festival 2017, Life Exposed
Photographer Sille Veilmark, Benjamin Nørskov and Nanna Navntoft, "Crazy about Food", Copenhagen Photo Festival 2017, Life Exposed

Katrine Marie Kragh & Anders Rye Skjoldjensen


Katrine Marie Kragh

Katrine Marie Kragh is educated from Fatamorgana and The Danish School of Media Photojournalist, a Photojournalist student at the Danish School of Media and Journalism,and Master in Cultural Communication at the University of Southern Denmark and an internship at the danish daily Jyllands-Posten. During her studies she has been working as a staff photographer at danish daily Jyllands-Posten. 

Anders Rye Skjoldjensen

The work of Anders Rye Skjoldjensen mainly revolves around themes of youth, social injustice and environmental issues. As part of his education at the Danish School of Media and Journalism he underwent an 18-month internship as a photographer at the Danish daily Politiken, and studied photography, media and middle east relations at Bilgi University in Istanbul. He has later worked as temporary staff photographer both at Politiken and Danish daily Information. Anders Rye Skjoldjensen is also a guest teacher at various photo schools and has given lectures at schools like the Danish Institute for International Studies, CPH Film and Photo School, and The Danish School of Art Photography: Fatamorgana. In 2019 he was awarded 1st Prize Best Portrait Series by Danish Picture of the Year among others awards.

Photojournalist Anders Rye Skjoldjensen (b. 1990) and  Katrine Marie Kragh (b. 1990)  presented the project ‘The Egostriper’ in Photo City in 2017 as part of the exhibition, ‘Life Exposed’. Through the project they explore Alice, Alice is a 33 years old who lives in the northern part of Jutland on a small farm. She has been stripping since she was 17. While her livelihood is based on exposing herself to men in bars and during private sessions, she lives a secluded life on her farm caring for her horses and her donkey. Alice doesn’t want to cling to her. Throughout her life Alice has been let down by people she trusted and has learned not to trust anybody. 

Jens Welding Øllgaard and Olafur Steinar Gestsson


Ólafur Steinar Gestsson (b. 1989) along with Jens Welding Øllgaard (b. 1989) was exhibited in Photo City in 2017 with the video production “Turning you on?”. “Turning you on?” is the story about Nan and Andy Villadsen who met each other at Hotel Legoland where they fell in love and started a band called 2BE1 where they play danish music. After several years of running a café they decided to go back into the music industry since the café did not go well. In the video we follow the couple in the days up to their comeback concert in 2015. They tell us about their dreams of a better family life as well as a breakthrough for their band. 

Olafur Steinar Gestsson

Ólafur is an Icelandic/ Danish photojournalist with a bachelor degree in both photojournalism and in Urban Planning and Social sciences. His work as a photographer has received numerous awards such as the 1st prize in the category Daily Life in the Danish Picture of the Year in 2016 and a honorable mention in Paris Photo in 2018. 

Today Ólafur is working as a photojournalist, focusing on cultural and social issues and current affairs. His work has been published in all major Danish newspapers and a range of foreign media. At the time of writing (november, 2019) his work has been featured in four exhibitions, most recently in the Danish Picture of the Year in 2019 as the jury’s selected work.

“Turning you on?” by Ólafur Steinar Gestsson and Jens Welding Øllgaard, Copenhagen Photo Festival 2017, Life Exposed
“Turning you on?” by Ólafur Steinar Gestsson and Jens Welding Øllgaard, Copenhagen Photo Festival 2017, Life Exposed

Riina Rinne


Riina Rinne (b. 1991) is a Finnish photojournalist and filmmaker who presented the project ‘Alone Together’ in Photo City in 2017 as part of the exhibition ‘Life Exposed’. ‘Alone Together’ takes place in Hipposkylä in Tampere, Finland where 98% of the residents live alone. Behind the windows of the small apartments one can find similar stories of old men who have lost their families and suffer from alcoholism. In the heart of the residential area there is a community house called Hippostupa where these men are offered a place to be together and get support. For some of the men the employees and visitors of Hippostupa are the closest they get to having a family family. Soon the support provided by Hippostupa will disappear because the Hipposkylä will undergo a modernization.

Morten Lau-Nielsen and Anne Bæk


Morten Lau-Nielsen

Lau-Nielsen is currently finishing his BA in photojournalism and working as a staff photojournalist at Jyllands-Posten. Next to this, he is working as a freelance photojournalist..

Anne Bæk

Anne Bæk is currently finishing her BA in photojournalism and working as a photojournalist intern at the danish newspaper Berlingske. At the same time she’s working on her personal projects, mainly news series, stories and portraits.    

Anne Bæk and Morten Lau-Nielsen was featured at Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2017 at Gasværksundergrunden in Photo City with a documentary film called ‘The Letter’ is a documentary about the young boy Abdi. He plays handball and dreams of becoming a professional handball player when he grows up. He plays with his friends and is happy to go to school.

However, he has more worries than most of his schoolmates, as the past in Somalia still haunts. It does not get better when there is an unexpected letter from the Immigration Service. Abdi and his family are one of several hundred families in Denmark which has been re-examined their residence permit, after a new report concluded that Somalia has become more secure. Several NGOs, however, point to the opposite. Weekly civilians are killed by targeted attacks. The assessment is based on a report prepared on the basis of Danish officials one-day visit to Mogadishu airport.

"The Letter" by Anne Bæk and Morten Lau Nielsen, Copenhagen Photo Festival 2017, Life Exposed
"The Letter" by Anne Bæk and Morten Lau Nielsen, Copenhagen Photo Festival 2017, Life Exposed