Name

Merethe Wessel-Berg

About

Oslo, Norway (b. 1973, Aurskog, Norway).

My main tool in photography and in life is my curiosity.

I want my photographs to be like questions. Like scenes from a movie. The immediate. The emotional content of a photograph is essential for me. 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.

My pictures are in black and white.

Henri Matisse: “I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colours is black".

My work is published in the latest Issue of SHOTS Magazine (#136, Summer 2017), and (the American) Black and White Magazine (#121, June 2017).

SPECIALITIES

Black & White Fine Art Photography
Street Photography
Personal Narratives

EXHIBITIONS (Solo & Collective)

-Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
-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

-Urban 2017 Photo Awards: Finalist x 3.
-Lenscratch (online magazine) - work published, exhibition "2017 Summer Fun".
-Urban 2017 Photo Awards: Selected work x 6.
-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: Second Prize/ Silver 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 - 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: Honourable Mention x 2.
-The Independent Photographer - Editor´s Pick.
-The Darkroom Gallery, U.S. – Selected work, “Streetwise”.
-The 2nd Charles Dodgson Black & White Award: Finalist x3.
-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: 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 International Photography Awards 2016: 1st Prize Award.
-IPA International Photography Awards 2016: Honorable Mention.
-Lens Culture Street Photography Awards 2016: Top 100 Award.
-PhotoPlaceGallery, U.S: Selected work, “Personal Narrative”.
-The Darkroom Gallery, U.S: Selected work, “Haunted”.
-The 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award: Category winner (2016).
-Invited for portfolio account on www.lensculture.com.
-Magnum Photography Awards 2016: Among the jury's “top-rated” entries.
-PhotoPlace Gallery Online Annex, U.S: Selected work, “Black and White”.
-Gold Award, NVAL International Juried Photography Show, Carter House Gallery, California, U.S.
-Best of Show Award/ First Place Award in NVAL International Juried Photography Show, Carter House Gallery, California, U.S.
-Gold Award, NVAL International Juried Photography Show, Carter House Gallery, California, U.S.
-People`s Choice Award, Black & White Magazine (U.S), 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, Silver, 3 x Diploma Awards).
-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).