Torkil Gudnason

Torkil Gudnason is one of the leading beauty, fashion and still life photographers of our time. The Danish-born, Brooklyn-based photographer's commercial work has appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Surface, and Allure. His art photography has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.

 

 


Biography

"Everything manmade references nature," Torkil Gudnason says. "We are looking at what we came from thousands of years ago." The photographer uses exaggerated lighting and colored filters to amplify the verdant fragility of the flowers and plants he photographs. "They change and evolve. Not one moment is the same. Sometimes they start to die and sometimes they begin to live." The resulting images celebrate nature's endless permutations, evoking millennia of evolution in the curvature of a single stem.

Torkil began his flower photography work in the 1990s, a personal project that would give him respite from his commercial work.

By employing the artifice of sophisticated studio lighting techniques on the flowers, he says, "I translate them into my fantasy world." His photographs reflect the essence of the flowers themselves: vibrant, extravagant and madly sensuous.

Torkil Gudnason is one of the leading beauty, fashion and still life photographers of our time. The Danish-born, Brooklyn-based photographer's commercial work has appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Surface, and Allure. His art photography has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.

Curriculum Vitae

    AWARDS
    1995 Certificate of Excellence, American Photography, Men's Journal
    1994 Northwest Addy Award, Merit, Nike for Wieden + Kennedy
    1994 Award of Excellence, Society of Newspaper Design, Washington Post Magazine
    1993 MPA Kelly Award, Magazine Publishers of America
    1991 PDN/Nikon, 1st Prize, Art Directors Club, New York
    1991 Award of Excellence, Photography Annual by Communication Arts Mag, California
    1980 Creativity Eighty, Editorial for GQ, New York
    1976 Ilford, Golden Release, 1st Prize, Denmark
    1973 Europhot Youth Scholarship, Foundation Maeght, St Paul de Vence, France
    EXHIBITIONS
    2012 Electric Blossom, Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY
    2012 Art Southampton, Edelman Arts, Southampton, NY
    2012 Fashion Photography - Tradition & Invention, Preus - National Museum of Photography, Horten, Norway
    2009 Hot House, Ports 1961 Gallery, New York, NY
    2008 Dreamwomen - Beauty in the 21st Century, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
    2007 Torkil Gudnason Exhibition, MA2 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    2000 Natural Elements, Part II, Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld, New York, NY
    1998-9 A Big Show of Small Work, Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld, New York, NY
    1996 Organics, Bridgwater/ Lustberg, New York, NY
    1994 Natural Elements, Bridgewater/Lustburg, New York, NY
    1994 Permanent Collection, Photo Museum Odense, Denmark, 1994
    1993 Permanent Collection, MOMA, Wakayama Japan
    1993 Organic Elements, Charlottenborg Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark
    1992 Organic Series, Reykavil Municipal Art Museum, Reykavil, Iceland
    1992 The Colors of Fashion, Arcade Gallery, FIT, New York, NY
    1990 Faculty Show, Woodstock Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
    1988 Art of Persuasion, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
    1987 Photography for Advertising, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
    PUBLICATIONS
    Torkil Gudnason - Selected Photographs 2005-2010, Torkil Gudnason Studio, 2010, USA Hot House, Torkil Gudnason Studio, 2010, USA

Selected Press

Torkil Gudnason Photographer Interview: Hot Bodies and Electric Blossoms
Redefine Magazine
July 3, 2014

Torkil Gudnason: Extravagant, Sculptural, Sensuous
Happy Friday LA
February 21, 2014

The book of Body Vase by Torkil Gudnason
Wait! Magazine
September 23, 2013

Torkil Gudnason: Body Vase
Trajectorie
September, 2013

Fresh 'Electric Blossom' Photos
Feature Shoot
September 20, 2012

Torkil Gudnason Featured in Art Daily
Art Daily
September 19, 2012

Torkil Gudnason: Electric Blossom
Press Release
September 6 2012

Torkil Gudnason highlighted by Eyes In
Eyes In
September 3, 2012

Warm Recepttion for Electric Blossom at Galerie Grisn
Rural Intelligence
August 2, 2012

Poetic Portraits of Women featured by LUMAS
LUMAS
2010

Past Exhibitions

Torkil Gudnason: Electric Blossom
September 12 - October 27, 2012