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PhotographerMerethe Wessel-Berg
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Hexaptych - Berlin, 2016.

About Photographer

Merethe Wessel-Berg is a Norwegian photographer based in Oslo, Norway (b. 1973, Aurskog, Norway). Her specialities are fine art photography, street photography and personal narratives, expressed in black and white. Henri Matisse: “I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colours is black". Curiosity is her main tool in photography and in life. She would like her photographs to be like questions. Like scenes from a movie. The immediate. "The emotional content of a photograph is essential for me", she says. "When I make my pictures, I use my emotions and temperament. And I hope that the pictures have enough room and openness to allow the viewers to hear their own associations and feelings, too. I want to explore the nuances, what I didn´t already know, what takes me by surprise, rather than the main events or clear, closed stories". Merethe's work is exhibited in Germany, UK, Taiwan, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Crimea, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Hungary, Greece, Russia, U.S, Philippines, China and Norway (solo/ group). In 2016 her work was showcased in Berlin Foto Biennale, and in Splaslight Studios, New York, Lucie Awards Event. In June 2017 she participated in the international festival "StreetFoto San Francisco". She received awards in Px3 2017, MIFA 2017 and IPA 2016. Her work is published in the latest issue of - Black and White Magazine (U.S) , Issue #121, June 2017. - SHOTS Magazine, Issue #136, Summer 2017. She received the Project-/ Exhibition Grant (2006 and 2016) from the Norwegian Professional Photographer's Fund/ Norske Fagfotografers Fond. EXHIBITIONS (Solo & Collective): -Trieste Airport, Trieste, Italy. -Kisüzem, Budapest, Hungary. -400 Bar, Budapest, Hungary. -Pierwszy Lokal, Krakow, Poland. -Restoran Polet, Belgrade, Serbia. -Meduza Cafe, Belgrade, Serbia. -Photo Center Gogolevsky, Moscow, Russia. -Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, "Beyond Limits". IPA/ Art Angle. -Black Box Gallery, Oregon, U.S, "Focus: Narrative Photography". -Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, "Portraits in Black and White". -Profeta Galeria, Budapest, Hungary. -A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, U.S, "Summertime". -Harvey Milk Photo Center, StreetFoto San Francisco Festival, San Francisco, U.S. -Studio 314 Art Gallery, Xamza, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. -House of Lucie, Bangkok, Thailand. -The Darkroom Gallery, Essex, U.S, “Streetwise”. -A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, U.S, "She". -The Darkroom Gallery, Essex, U.S, “Chiaroscuro”. -Black Box Gallery, Oregon, U.S, "Shadows: Darkness and Light". -Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, "Monochrome". -The Darkroom Gallery, Essex, U.S, “Body/ Image”. -PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, U.S, “Composed”. -The Darkroom Gallery, Essex, U.S, “Black & White (& Blue)”. -SDA Amphitheater, 12F School of Design and Arts, Manila, Philippines. -The Darkroom Gallery, Essex, U.S, “Dreams”. -Gallery of the Franco Crimean Republican Scientific Library, Simferopol, Crimea. -CDOC Chengdu Photography Center, Chengdu, China. -PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, U.S, “Personal Narrative”. -Splashlight Studios, New York, U.S. -Event Centre of SM City Pampanga, Pampanga, Philippines. -The Darkroom Gallery, Essex, U.S, “Haunted”. -The Novorossiysk Historical Museum, International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa, Russia. -Berlin Foto Biennale, and The 4th Biennal of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Berlin, Germany. -Carter House Gallery, California, U.S. -PhotoPlace Online Gallery, “Black and White”. -Carter House Gallery, California, U.S. -Kokopelli House, Haugesund, Norway. SOLO. -The Norwegian Railway Museum/ Norsk Jernbanemuseum, Hamar, Norway. -Day of Photography, Karl Johansvern, Norway’s National Museum of Photography/ Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway. Invited to exhibit. -Galleri Rød. Halden’s Historical Collections/ Haldens Historiske Samlinger, Halden Museum. Rød Herregård, Norway. SOLO. -Day of Photography, Karl Johansvern, Norway’s National Museum of Photography/ Preus Fotomuseum, Horten, Norway. Juried exhibition. -Haldens Historiske Samlinger, co-operation with Det Norske Blåseemsemble, Halden, Norway. SOLO. -Galleri R5, The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Oslo, Norway. SOLO. -House of Photography/ Fotografiens Hus, Oslo, Norway. SOLO. -House of Photography/ Fotografiens Hus, Oslo, Norway. -House of Photography/ Fotografiens Hus, Oslo, Norway. OTHER: -Life Framer, 2017 - Selected work (Juried by David Alan Harvey). -10th Pollux Awards, 2017 - Honorable Mention x 1, Finalist x 2. -Lenscratch (online magazine) - work published, exhibition "2017 Summer Fun". -Urban 2017 Photo Awards: Selected work x 6, Finalist x 3. -MIFA 2017 - Moscow International Foto Awards: 3rd Prize. -Black Box Gallery, U.S. - Selected work, "Focus: Narrative Photography". -The Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP), U.S. - Selected work. -SHOTS Magazine - Selected for featuring issue # 136 (Summer 2017). -Blank Wall Gallery, Greece - Selected work. -Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris 2017 (Silver Prize x 2, Honorable Mention x 2). -The 10th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 2017 (Category Winner x 1, Finalist x 3). -The International Street Photography Awards 2017(Finalist). Harvey Milk Photo Center, StreetFoto San Francisco Festival, San Francisco, U.S. - Selected work. -A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, U.S. - Selected work, "Summertime". -The 2nd Charles Dodgson Black & White Award, 2017 (Finalist x 3, Honourable Mention x 2). -The Independent Photographer - Editor´s Pick. -The Darkroom Gallery, U.S. – Selected work, “Streetwise” (Juried by Bruce Gilden). -Galeria Valid Foto, Barcelona, Spain - Selected work. -Nikonians Photography Awards 2017 (Finalist). -A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, U.S. – Selected work, "She". -The Darkroom Gallery, U.S. – Selected work, “Chiaroscuro”. -Black Box Gallery, Oregon, U.S.– Selected work, "Shadows: Darkness and Light". -Blank Wall Gallery, Greece – Selected work. -The Darkroom Gallery, U.S – Selected work, “Body/ Image”. -Black & White Magazine (U.S) – Selected for featuring issue #121 (2017). -PhotoPlaceGallery, U.S – Selected work, “Composed”. -The Darkroom Gallery, U.S – Selected work, “Dreams”. -The 9th Pollux Awards, 2016 (Finalist). -Project-/ Exhibition Grant (2016), The Norwegian Professional Photographer’s Fund/ Norske Fagfotografers Fond (Norway). -IPA Photography Awards: Selected for “IPA Best of Show Exhibition 2016”. -IPA 2016 - International Photography Awards (1st Prize Award, Honourable Mention). -Lens Culture Street Photography Awards 2016 (Top 100). -PhotoPlaceGallery, U.S: Selected work, “Personal Narrative”. -The Darkroom Gallery, U.S: Selected work, “Haunted”. -The 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 2016 (Category winner). -Invited for portfolio account on www.lensculture.com. -PhotoPlace Gallery Online Annex, U.S: Selected work, “Black and White”. -NVAL International Juried Photography Show 2016, Carter House Gallery, California, U.S (Gold Award). -NVAL International Juried Photography Show 2015, Carter House Gallery, California, U.S (Gold Award + Best of Show Award). -Black & White Magazine (U.S), People`s Choice Award, featured in Issue #107. -Project-/ Exhibition Grant (2006), The Norwegian Professional Photographer’s Fund/ Norske Fagfotografers Fond (Norway). -Project-/ Travel Grant, Jan Baashuus Jessens Scolarship (Norway). -Gullsnitt, the Norwegian Annual Awards of Advertising Photography: 5 Awards (Gold 2002, Silver and 3 x Diploma Awards 2004). -Project-/ Equipment Scholarship, Libresse jentefond (Norway). -Photographer of the Year 2002/ 2003, Black & White Paper Print, Oslo Camera Club OKK (Norway). -Photographer of the Year 2001/ 2002 and 2002/ 2003, Colour Paper Print, Oslo Camera Club OKK (Norway).