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Guðmundur Ingólfsson

Going His Own Way. Photographs 1967–2017


Guðmundur Ingólfsson is one of the leading photographers of his generation in Iceland. Guðmundur has enjoyed taking large-format photos of Iceland and nature, and of Reykjavik in all its aspects. The exhibition is a retrospective of Guðmundur's work over the last half a century.

Guðmundur Ingólfsson was born in Reykjavík in 1946. He studied photography under Otto Steinert at the Folkwangschüle für Gestaltung in Essen, Germany, in 1968-71 where he developed a visual approach based on the New Objectivity. After completing his studies, Guðmundur moved to Reykjavik and founded Ímynd photo studio. The studio brought about new standards of professionalism in commercial and industrial photography in Iceland.

The title of the exhibition refers to the photographs Guðmundur has taken on own initiative, alongside commercial work. The exhibition Going His Own Way. Photographs 1967–2017 offers a selection of the personal work of Guðmundur Ingólfsson.

Curator is professor Timm Rautert.

The National Museum publishes a book with Guðmundur's photographs and essays about the photographer and his work by Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Jacob Lillemose, Liv Guðmundson, and Timm Rautert. Editor is Ingunn Jónsdóttir.