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Mads Nissen

Mads Nissen

Press Photographer

 

Mads Nissen was born in Denmark in 1979. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in photojournalism from The Danish School of Journalism he moved for two years to Shanghai to document the human and social consequences of China’s historic economic rise. In 2009, he was selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass. After working in China for such publications as Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel and Stern, he returned to his home country, where he is now based. In Denmark, Nissen worked for Berlingske/Scanpix, and in 2014 joined the daily Politiken as a staff photographer. Nissen’s work has been awarded among others in the World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year contests, as well as receiving 15 awards from the Danish Picture of the Year, including twice both Photographer of the Year and Photo of the Year. He has published two books, Amazonas in 2013 by Gyldendal and De Faldne (The Fallen) in 2010 by People’s Press, about the Danish killed in the war in Afghanistan.

 

website:    www.madsnissen.com

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Photographer Mads Nissen (1979)
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark
Member of Panos Pictures
Represented by Prospekt in Italy and LAIF in Germany

Bio:
2014- :            Staff photographer at the Danish national newspaper Politiken
2014:              Jury member of Årets Bild – Swedish Press Photo of the Year
2013+16:       Teaching – Masterclass in storytelling in Saint Petersburg, Russia w. DMJX / Nordic Council
2013:              Jury member of Årets Pressefoto – Danish Press Photo of the Year
2011:              Teaching – Masterclass in storytelling in Kathmandu, Nepal w. DMJX
2010- :            Guest teacher at Fatamorgana – Danish School of Art Photography
2009-2014:   Staff photographer at the Danish national newspaper Berlingske
2009:              Participant at the 16th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass
2009- :            Guest teacher at The Danish School of Media and Journalism, Photojournalism
2007-09:         Based in Shanghai, China covering the social, economical and political development
2008:              Participant at the first Nordic Masterclass for young talents
2007:              Graduated with distinction from The Danish School of Media and Journalism, Photojournalism
2006:              Began personal long term project ‘AMAZONAS’ (book published in 2013)
2006:              Participated in the World Press Photo/ ASEF seminar for young photographers in Manila, The Philippines
2001:              Finished the three-year education ‘Den Frie Ungdomsuddannelse’
2000-01:         Worked on personal photographic projects in South America and Ghana
1998-99:         Studied spanish and did voluntary work in Venezuela
1979:              Born in Hobro, Denmark

Awards (selection):
2015:               World Press Photo, Picture of the Year
2015:               World Press Photo, Contemporary Issues, Single, First Prize
2015:               POY: Feature Story, Third Prize
2015:               Best of Photojournalism, Photographer of the Year (large markets), Third Prize
2015:               Best of Photojournalism, Int. News Picture Story, First Prize
2015:               Best of Photojournalism, Int. News, Second Prize
2015:               Best of Photojournalism, Portrait and Personality, First Prize
2015:               Best of Photojournalism, Contemporary Issues Story, HM
2014:               LUMIX, Freelens Award, HM
2014:               POY: Issue Reporting Picture Story, Third Prize
2014:               PDN 2014, Documentary/ photojournalism
2014:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign News Picture story, First Prize
2012:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Photographer of the Year
2012:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Picture of the Year, First Prize
2012:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Portrait, First Prize
2012:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign News Picture story, First Prize
2012:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign Picture Story, First Prize
2012:               POY: Best news picture story, Second Prize
2012:               The PGB Photo Award, General News Picture of the Year, First Prize
2012:               The PGB Photo Award, Portrait Picture of The Year, First Prize
2011:               World Press Photo, Daily Life Picture Story, Third Prize
2011:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Multimedia, First Prize
2010:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Photographer of the Year
2010:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign Picture Story, First Prize
2010:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign News Picture story, First Prize
2010:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, News Picture of the Year, First Prize
2010:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign Picture Story, First Prize
2010:               POY: Photographer of the Year, Second Prize
2010:               POY: Issue Reporting Picture Story, Third Prize
2010:               Best of Photojournalism, Environmental Picture Story, Second Prize
2007:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Picture of the Year
2007:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Feature Picture Story, Second Prize
2007:               POY: Issue Reporting Picture Story, Award Of Excellence
2007:               Winner of the Scanpix-award; Best bachelor project at the Danish School of Journalism

EXHIBITIONS

 

2015:                Arbejdermuseet, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014:                Freelens Gallery, AMAZONAS, Hamburg, Germany
2014:                Freelens Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2014:               The Rencontre d’Arles, France
2014:                Phototek, Esbjerg, Denmark
2013:                Festival dela Fotografia Etica, Lodi, Italy
2012:                NORDOX, Shanghai, China
2012:                Ashes and Gold, Museum Schloss Moyland, Germany
2012,13,14:     Visa pour l’image, Perpignan, France
2010,11,12,13,14: Personal Projects, Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2009:                Noorderlicht Photography Festival, The Netherlands
2009:                Chobi Mela V, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2008,10,12,14: Lumix Photo Festival, Hannover, Germany

PRESS

 

Books:
AMAZONAS                       -Gyldendal, 2013, ISBN: 978-87-02-13610-4 (DK) 978-87-00-79096-4 (UK)
De Faldne (The Fallen)    -Berlingske Media Forlag/ People’s Press, 2010, ISBN: 9788799410101

Grants:
Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography, Palle Fogtdal Fonden, Timbuktu-legatet

Clients (selection):
Time Magazine, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Stern, Geo, Sunday Times Magazine, Guardian, CNN, D-magazine (Italy), l’Espresso magazine,  Foto8, 6-Mois, Politiken, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Human Rights Watch

Selection of interviews with Mads Nissen:
Documentary on the WPP-opening in Saint Petersburg w. Mads Nissen and Jon & Alex
World Press Photo, official acceptance speech at the WPP Award days
World Press Photo, interview on 2015-WPP winning image
Lecture at WestLicht Photography Gallery, Vienna, Austria
LensCulture on the 2015-winning image
DR2 Clement Direkte (Danish live show – no subtitles)
Panos Social on the making of AMAZONAS
DR P1. Radio interview on AMAZONAS (Danish only)
Interview on the Guardian on war photography

Art Works by Mads Nissen