Following in the tradition of Tony-Ray Jones, Garry Winogrand, Jacques Henri Lartigue and Mary Ellen Mark (with whom she recently studied), the young Norwegian photographer Mona Ødegård seeks out people in their natural habitat and photographs them in their most unguarded moments. Her quietly intriguing photographs reveal the nature of modern life as a series of narrowly avoided catastrophes.
With her distinctive aesthetic sense, Ødegård´s photographs somehow manage to slow time and show us glimpses of a world that, for all its technology, still relies on simple human interaction. Follow the link to read more about Mona Ødegård, one of our favorite Scandinavian photographers, and to see a small selection of her work:
Mona Ødegård was born and raised in Flå, a small village in Hallingdal, Norway. After studying photography in Trondheim, Mona moved to Oslo and quickly gained a reputation for innovative photographic style, with work being published in magazines such as Carls´s Cars, Vice, Det Nye, Natt&Dag, Forum, Dagbladet and Vinduet.
Beyond commercial work, the photographer has recently started to exhibit her personal work. Her first show, part of the Oslo Open, consisted of 3D stereoscopic photographs of acrobatic dogs and their slightly less acrobatic owners.
To steal the title of a Winogrand book, Mona Ødegård has that rare ability to capture “figments from the Real World”.