Leica Announces Jonas Bendiksen's New Exhibition: Singing Norwegian SingersEditor - 3rd October 2016
Photographer, Jonas Bendiksen has produced a special tribute to both his homeland and the world of Norwegian Black Metal music in his new series of images; Singing Norwegian Singers. Comprising of more than 40 photographs, the new series was shot with the Leica M rangefinder system over the last year, and will be exhibited for the first time at the Leica Gallery Mayfair from 17th to 27th October 2016.
Jonas Bendiksen commented: “All around the world, I’ve had problems explaining my home country of Norway to people. Even if they imaging they know where this small nation is on the map – somewhere near the North Pole, many say – it is often difficult to find well-known Norwegian exports people can relate to. Nobel Peace prizes, fjords, oil exports and even chess player, Magnus Carlsen, often yield a blank stare and a shake of the head.
“Not so with Norwegian metal. In fact, Norwegian extreme metal music has become one of the country’s biggest cultural exports. People all over the world know the lyrics, life stories and albums of bands like Gorgoroth, Burzum and Darkthrone, as well as newer and more obscure bands.
“I’ve met people in tiny villages from Bangladesh to Venezuela who almost self-ignite with excitement the moment I mention Norway.
“In the early 1990s, Norwegian Black Metal made its shocking entry on to the world stage with church burnings, homicides, stagecraft, with an intensity few had seen before. The growling vocals and intense riffs of metal music made in Norway somehow hit a primal dissonant note all over the planet.
“I wanted to photograph the music with the same directness and intensity. I took a flash and photographed Norwegian singers singing, head on.”
Remarking on the work, Leica UK’s Managing Director, Jason Heward, also commented: “Jonas’ project is striking and something different, portraits of the men behind this aspect of Norwegian culture. It is fitting that we celebrate ten years of digital M with work from one the best contemporary photographers, shot on the Leica system. This work continues our series of collaborations with Magnum Photos, delivering creative Leica photography for curious audiences.”
SINGING NORWEGIAN SINGERS
17 – 27 October 2016
Leica Gallery Mayfair, 27 Bruton Place, London, W1J 6NQ