Reykjavík, Höfuðborgarsvæðið, Ísland
Gísli’s interest in photography started around 1980 and he got his first real camera, which was Ricoh KR10, 35mm, in 1982. He learned the basics in photographing from a photographer who had a studio in Isafjordur, his hometown, at that time.
In the beginnig he shot mainly landscape picture of the beautiful and harsh nature where he lived. He also took picture of people he met on my daily basis, but nothing professional.
Gísli studied law at the University of Iceland after graduating from High school in Reykjavík. After three years studying law, in the autumn 2011 he started at “The School of Photography” in Reykjavík, Iceland (http://www.ljosmyndaskolinn.is); and graduated in the beginning of the year 2014 as a professional Photographer.
Gísli’s main focus is in documentaries, and his interest lies in that area. Regarding his interest in documentary, he went to a special Workshop in Israel “The Other Side of the Conflict”, held by the group Punctum, (http://www.punc-tum.com/workshop_israel.html), in November 2013, under guidance of the documentary photographer, Jan Grarup (http://jangrarup.photoshelter.com). After that he went to a wokshop in Asia, mars 2014, with emphasis on people’s live in Cambodia and Vietnam, under guidance from Thorkell Thorkellson, documentary phoptographer (http://www.thorkell.com). And he also went to workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, November 2014, under guidance from “Workshopx” http://www.workshopx.org/. where he started a new project regarding “Ladyboys” in Asia, and it soon become his primary ongoing; “body of work” – among others projects.
Gísli has shown his photographs at an exhibition and participated in three group exhibitions in Iceland. He has published one book “Óminni Hversdagsleikans” with photographs of homeless people in Reykjavik, which he documented over several years, and more books is in the making about his travel to Asia.
- Still life