Merethe Wessel-Berg

About Merethe Wessel-Berg

MERETHE WESSEL-BERG is a photographer based in Oslo, Norway. She does personal narratives, fine art and urban photography; often hybrids. In photography she is often attracted to elements of movement, of drive; concrete and content-wise. As in the cities, in the people in it. The discrete passages and crossroads in our daily lives. And to the questions a picture can hold, more than the conclusions. "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 more visible than ever. I want my photographs to be like questions; like scenes from a movie. I try to capture the immediate, the unguarded moments - the beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. The perfectness of what’s imperfect. For me it's all about the in-between moments". Leonard Cohen: "There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in". Instagram: merethe_wesselberg_photography PAPER MAGAZINES: (Photography, Arts) -SHOTS Magazine (Issues # 136 and # 137) -Black and White Magazine, U.S (Issues #107, #121, #125, #127 and #131). -Black + White Photography Magazine, UK (Issue 228). -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) -Eyescape Magazine -DNG Photo Magazine (Spain) -Light - A Journal of Photography and Poetry (New York) -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 -The Edge of Humanity Magazine, E-Magazine. -Lenscratch ("Summer" and "Snow" Exhibition) -Art-Angle -Designpilot INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS: (Solo, Group, Print, Projections) -Italian Street Photo Festival, Officine Fotografiche, Rome, Italy. -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. -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. Restaurants/ cafees, bars: 400 Bar and Kisüzem (both Budapest, Hungary), Restoran Polet and Meduza (both Belgrade, Serbia), Pierwszy Lokal (Krakow, Poland). 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. AWARDS/ ACHIEVEMENTS: -StreetFoto San Francisco Festival, The International Street Phot. Awards (Finalist). -The Italian Street Photo Festival (Finalist). -Nikonians Photography Awards (Finalist). -Lens Culture Street Photography Awards (Top 100). -Urban Photo Awards (3xFinalist). -ASPA Alghero Street Photography Awards (Honorable Mention, Street Photography). -Project-/ Exhibition Grant (2 times), The Norwegian Professional Photographer’s Fund/ Norske Fagfotografers Fond. -Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris (2xSilver + 2xHonorable Mention). -The 9th and the 10th Julia Margaret Cameron Award (2xCategory Winner + 2xFinalist). -IPA International Photography Awards (Best of Show + 1st Prize + 6xHonorable Mention). -TIFA - Tokyo International Foto Awards (Hon. Mention) -MIFA - Moscow International Foto Awards (3rd Prize). -The 9th Pollux Awards, and the 10th Pollux Awards (3xFinalist + 1xHonorable Mention). -The 2nd Charles Dodgson Black & White Award (3xFinalist + 2xHonorable Mention). -The Independent Photographer (2nd Prize + Editor's Pick). -Art Ascent Art and Literature Journal (Silver Prize). -Gullsnitt, the Norwegian Annual Awards of Advertising Photography, Norway (Gold Prize + Silver Prize + 3xDiploma). -Black + White Photography Magazine (UK) Contest (1st prize). -Black and White Magazine (U.S) Contests (Selectedx5). -The Print Swap Collection Exhibition, Feature Shoot Magazine (Selected). -Life Framer (Selected). -Life Framer Collection, and Lens Culture portfolio. -Darkroom Gallery Master (U.S). -NVAL International Juried Photography Show (Overall Winner/ Gold). -Project-/ Travel Grant, Jan Baashuus Jessens Scolarship (Norway). -Project-/ Equipment Scholarship, Libresse jentefond (Norway). -Photographer of the Year 2002/ 2003 (Black & White Paper Print) and 2001/ 2002 and 2002/ 2003 (Color Paper Print), Oslo Camera Club OKK (Norway). PHOTO BOOKS/ CATALOGUES: -"Short Street Stories" - Pictures with a humorous and satirical look at contemporary society, Selected street photographers. Published by Exhibit Around/ dotART Art Association, Italy. -"Flowing City". Selected photographers and Italian writer/ journalist Roberto Srelz. 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.